School Choice

NYC Public School Advocate Sends Her Kids to Private School

Choice for me, but not for thee

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Guess who sends her kids to private school when they reach highschool age? That's right: longtime public school parent-activist Leonie Haimson.

Fine by us. Like any parent, she's entitled to do what's best for her children — and private schools by and large provide more, and often better, choices for city kids.

But what about parents whowant similar choices yet don't have the resources? Increasingly, they turn to charter schools — public schools with more rigorous standards and non-union staffs.

Haimson, long the public face of parents and teachers-union members, opposes that idea. Indeed, she's against a raft of Mayor Bloomberg's policies to boost schools.