From news service reports
NEW YORK – There are many organizations that are little more than union mouthpieces, parroting the anti-choice, anti-accountability line. Many receive their funding from union coffers.
One such group is Leonie Haimson’s Class Size Matters. Haimson has been a fierce advocate for government-run, government-funded, one-size-fits-all schools. She dismisses school choice merely as “corporate” reform.
But interestingly, while she defends union schools, she doesn’t actually send her children to them. No, instead, she spends her time blocking parents from exercising school choices she’s able to afford.
From Gotham Schools:
Leonie Haimson’s career as a New York City education activist started when her older child was assigned to a first-grade class with 28 other students. That was in 1996, and since then, Haimson has advocated for public school parents — through her organization, Class Size Matters; the blog and online mailing lists she runs; and the national parent group she helped launch.
But her personal stake changed last summer, when Haimson ceased to be a public school parent. Her younger child started at a private high school in September, following a trajectory from public to private school that her older child, now an adult, also took.
Many of Haimson’s close friends and colleagues in the parent advocacy world have known for months about the change in her status. But she did not make it known publicly until today, after learning that GothamSchools planned to disclose the information in a story. “I myself don’t think it is either particularly interesting or relevant,” she wrote in a post on the blog she started in 2007, NYC Public School Parents, before going on to explain the choice.
“It is a parent’s responsibility to find a school that they believe best fits their children’s needs,” Haimson wrote in a statement she sent to GothamSchools before publishing her own post.
The disclosure caught some other advocates off guard.
“I’m surprised,” said Sheila Kaplan, a student data privacy advocate who has worked with Haimson in recent months. “She’s never said anything about her kids being in private schools.”