Gubernatorial candidates prefer private schools

Providence, R.I. – Public education has been a hot topic in the Rhode Island governor's race, but both of the frontrunners send their kids to private schools.

Independent Lincoln Chafee's children went to Warwick public schools until he moved to Washington, D.C. to serve in the US Senate. His two school-aged children currently attend private schools. A third child is now in college.

Democrat Frank Caprio's son also attends a private school. On the campaign trail Caprio often mentions that his wife is a Providence public school teacher. Moderate party candidate Ken Block questions why Caprio doesn't send his son to public school.

"Frank likes to talk about his wife being a teacher at a great school," Block said. "I just wonder why he's not willing to send his kids to that school."

Block says his two children go to public schools. Caprio's campaign declined to comment on his reasons for selecting a private school.

Republican candidate John Robitaille does not have school-aged children.

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