A 2007 Heritage Foundation survey found that the percentage of Members of the 110th Congress who practice private school choice is disproportionate to the general populace, since only 11.5% of American students attend private schools. Also of note, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who represent populations that have fared poorly academically in public schools and that stand to benefit the most from educational options, showed particularly high rates of practicing school choice.
Notable findings include the following:
Over 37% of Representatives and 45% of Senators responded that they had sent their children to private school;
Over 23% of House Education and Labor Committee members and 33% of Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee members exercised private school choice; and
Exactly 52% of Congressional Black Caucus members and 38% of Congressional Hispanic Caucus members sent at least one child to private school.