Middle-class parents started bailing out of Chicago's failing schools decades ago, enrolling their kids in private schools or moving to the suburbs. As recently as 2004, a Thomas B. Fordham Institute study found that 39 percent of CPS teachers sent their own kids to private schools.
But public officials who opt out of public schools are a particularly sore subject. "There's something to be said for leading by example and having a personal stake in the system you seek to reform," said Chico, a CPS alum whose two daughters also graduated from Chicago schools. (Then again, Chico's personal stake led to claims that he'd pushed for the elite Northside Prep to be built near his home in time for his daughter to attend. He denies that.) Chico deserves real credit for launching a reform effort when Daley made him school board president in 1995.
As I've always said. I'm not the smartest guy in the room but I always watch what the people who know do (and not what they say). What I want to know is how many of the remaining 61 percent of the CPS teachers send their kids to outlying suburban schools.
Making the public eat what you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?
Now that's "progressive"!