(WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Chicago Teachers Union President Stacy Davis Gates confirmed to union members that she is sending her son to a private high school, which has become the topic of media reports this week.
Davis Gates has been quoted in the past as denouncing school choice – a phrase that broadly means allowing families to use public money for private schools -- because of the impact it would have on minority families that rely on public education. Her union members teach within the taxpayer-funded Chicago Public Schools system.
In a letter circulated by email Thursday, Davis Gates says families like hers that live on the West Side or South Side do not have the type of options afforded white residents who live on the city's North Side or in the suburbs.
“For my husband and me, it forced us to send our son, after years of attending a public school, to a private high school so he could live out his dream of being a soccer player while also having a curriculum that can meet his social and emotional needs, even as his two sisters remain in Chicago Public Schools,” Davis Gates said.
Her letter said disclosures about her son’s enrollment came through the efforts of a “disgruntled former CTU employee” who “doxed” her child online and potentially put him in harm’s way.
"Let’s be clear: this crosses a line," Davis Gates said.