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Watch Bruno Behrend debate Chicago Public School Principal Troy LaRaviere on the topic, “Public or private? What should be the future of public education in Chicago?” The debate was held July 25th as part of the famous Bughouse Square Debates.
Behrend’s argument was clear: Large urban districts, the teachers unions, and the public school system itself are willing to protect themselves with lobbying in Springfield and Washington, DC at the expense of children.
LaRaviere started by explaining the difference between scientific data and the use of averages and overall data. He then espoused the alleged virtues of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), quoting statistics from CPS and claiming CPS was outperforming charter schools in Chicago.
Behrend noted the best “vote” a parent could make was not for mayor or alderman, but taking an education savings account and vote with the money following their child to the school of their choice, thus opening up a “vast new array of education opportunities.”
Bruno Behrend is a Heartland Institute senior fellow.
Troy LaRaviere is the principal of Blaine Elementary School in Chicago’s Wrigleyville.