Public school teachers are nearly twice as likely to choose private schools for their own children, says a Fordham study I linked to earlier this month. George Archibald writes in the Washington Times:
In Philadelphia, 44 percent of the teachers put their children in private schools; in Cincinnati, 41 percent; Chicago, 39 percent; Rochester, N.Y., 38 percent. The same trends showed up in the San Francisco-Oakland area, where 34 percent of public school teachers chose private schools for their children; 33 percent in New York City and New Jersey suburbs; and 29 percent in Milwaukee and New Orleans.
. . . Public school teachers told the Fordham Institute’s surveyors that private and religious schools impose greater discipline, achieve higher academic achievement and offer overall a better atmosphere.
Nationwide, 12.2 percent of families — and more than 20 percent of public teachers — choose private schools, according to 2000 Census data.