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MANY PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS PREFER PRIVATE SCHOOLS, SAYS STUDY

September 23, 2004

Public school teachers are twice as likely as other parents to send their children to private schools, according to a recent study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. In fact, in 16 major cities, more than 1 in 4 teachers send their children to private schools.

In what seems to be a compelling argument for school choice, the study found:

  • In Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, 25 percent of public school teachers send their children to private schools..
  • In Philadelphia, 44 percent of teachers send their children to private schools; the percentage is similar in several other cities -- Cincinnati, 41 percent, Chicago, 39 percent and Rochester, 38 percent.
  • In the San Francisco-Oakland area, 34 percent of teachers send their children to private schools; following close behind are New York City and the New Jersey suburbs, with 33 percent, and Milwaukee and New Orleans, where 29 percent of public school teachers choose private schools.

Reasons teachers gave for sending their children to private schools included greater discipline at private and religious schools, higher academic achievement and a better atmosphere overall.

Nationwide, about 12 percent of all families in suburban, urban and rural areas send their children to private schools.

Source: George Archibald, "Public Schools No Place for Teachers' Kids," Washington Times, September 22, 2004; and Dennis P. Doyle et al., "Where do Public School Teachers Send Their Kids to School?" Thomas B. Fordham Institute, September 7, 2004.

 

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