CO Gov Candidate Condemns School Vouchers, But Sent Her Kids to Private Schools

Longtime reform proponent says Kennedy supported vouchers circa 2003-04

The Washington Free Beacon writes:

Cary Kennedy, a former state treasurer now running for governor in Colorado, said she has been "blessed" to be able to send her own children to private school. But at the same time she is running on an education platform solidly opposed to voucher programs, which help move some children out of a failing public school and into a private school.

Many on the right have long criticized these kinds of arrangements as fundamental hypocrisy on education policy, something Kennedy was asked about at a recently televised debate.

"Cary, you're opposed to vouchers in education, and yet you sent your own kids to private school through eighth grade," said Shaun Boyd, a reporter with the local CBS affiliate. "What do you say to parents who want that same opportunity for their kids but can’t afford it?"

"I don't support taking public money—public taxpayer money—out of the public education system to send it to private school in the form of vouchers." Kennedy went on to say she believes voucher systems leave the overall public school system with "diminishing resources."

But Boyd pushed the issue.

"But you would understand where some people would say, ‘This isn't fair, really. You send your own kids to private school,' but you say to them, ‘No, you've gotta stay in your failing neighborhood school and we're not going to help you with choice.'"

"I feel really lucky, I feel blessed, that we were able to send our kids to a school that supported their individual learning needs. And I have worked on this issue my entire career because I believe every one of Colorado's kids deserves that great education."

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