Do you find it a bit ironic and hypocritical that seven Democrat Senators who voted against Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of the Department of Education in part because Ms. DeVos is a proponent of School of Choice, send their children to very expansive elite private schools.

I do not have a problem that they have enough money to send their children to elementary and high schools that cost ten's of thousands a year.  I have a problem with these same Senator's then denying parents of lesser means the ability for their children to attend the schools they want them to.

According to an article published in The Daily Caller, here are the seven Democratic senators who voted against DeVos but send or did send their own children to elite private schools:

  1. Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat representing Minnesota has two children who attend The Dalton School in New York City — 1,018 miles from Minneapolis and 226 miles from Washington D.C.
  2. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat representing Massachusetts, Tuition at Harvard-Westlake costs $35,900 each year. There’s also a $2,000 fee for new students.
  3. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat representing Rhode Island a single year of tuition for sixth grade through 12th grade currently costs $35,215.
  4. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat representing New York. Tuition at the private, progressive bastion currently runs $30,300.00 per year for sixth through eighth grades, $28,700.00 per year for first through fifth grades and $28,000.00 per year for preschoolers.
  5. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat representing Connecticut, sent one of his four children to Brunswick School, a private, all-boys day school in Greenwich, according to the Connecticut Post. A year of high school tuition at Brunswick currently costs $40,450. Tuition for preschoolers costs $30,930 per year.
  6. Sen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat representing New Hampshire, has two children. Her daughter attended Phillips Exeter Academy, one of the most notable fancypants private schools in the United States. Hassan’s husband, Thomas, was the principal of Phillips Exeter at the time. The cost for a year of tuition and fees at Phillips Exeter is currently $37,875. Boarding students pay $48,550.
  7. Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat representing Pennsylvania, sent his daughters to Scranton Preparatory School, a private Jesuit school where a year of tuition costs $13,400. Casey is also an alumnus of Scranton Prep.

Now why is it O.K. for them to send their children to schools of their choice but deny people of lesser means to send their children to the schools of their choice?

Interesting quandary they are in.

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