Warren Vows Crack Down on School Choice, Despite Her Son Attending Elite School
The 2020 hopeful's education plan would ban for-profit charter schools,
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has pledged to crack down on school choice if she is elected.
Still, according to publicly available records, she sent her own son to an elite private school.
The 2020 hopeful's education plan would ban for-profit charter schools, a proposal initially backed by Bernie Sanders, and remove government incentives for opening new non-profit charter schools, despite her praising charter schools in the past.
Warren stated in her plan:
“To keep our traditional public school systems strong, we must resist efforts to divert public funds out of traditional public schools,” Warren said.
Warren pledged to reduce education options for families, but the presidential candidate sent her son Alexander to Kirby Hall, an elite private school near Austin.
The tuition fees for Kirby Hall’s lower and middle schools aren't cheap, kindergarten through eighth grade costs $14,995 for the 2019-2020 per school year.
A whole year of high school would cost $17,875.
Alexander Warren is listed in Kirby Hall’s 1987 yearbook.
Yearbook photos show Kirby Hall’s Alexander Warren is the same Alexander Warren seen in old family photos with his now-famous mother.
Alexander turned 11 in 1987, according to public records accessed through the research service LexisNexis.
That date coincides with Warren’s final year teaching at the University of Texas at Austin, which is just a few miles from Kirby Hall.
Reason Foundation director of school choice Corey DeAngelis, who first highlighted Alexander’s private schooling, said:
I do not blame Alex one bit for attending a private school in 5th grade. Good for him.— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) October 29, 2019
This is about Warren exercising school choice for her own kids while fighting hard to prevent other families from having that option.
“I do not blame Alex one bit for attending a private school in 5th grade. Good for him."
“This is about Warren exercising school choice for her own kids while fighting hard to prevent other families from having that option.”
Up until as early as 2016, Warren praised charter schools, saying they were "producing extraordinary results for our students” in Massachusetts.
But Warren’s crackdown on elite charter schools would not affect elite private schools like Kirby Hall, but would significantly eliminate charter schools as a parallel option for lower-income families.
Warren’s crackdown on elite charter schools would leave elite private schools like Kirby Hall unscathed.
But her move, however, would substantially eliminate charter schools as a parallel option for lower-income families.
“The losers in these political calculations are the children whom charters help,” the Post’s editorial stated.
“Charters at their best offer options to parents whose children would have been consigned to failing traditional schools," it added.
"They spur reform in public school systems in such places as the District and Chicago. And high-quality charters lift the achievement of students of color, children from low-income families, and English language learners.”