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November 15th, 2013
12:36 PM ET

Web only: Why Matt Damon supports public schools, but sends his kids to private school

Actor Matt Damon has spoken out about teachers' unions and public schools, rallying teachers at a march in Washington in 2011 decrying the widespread use of standardized testing to judge how well teachers, students and schools are performing. At that event, he also challenged a reporter who questioned a teacher's incentive to put in work on the job, and went after a cameraman who proposed that 10 percent of teachers are bad.

Inevitably, he has critics – some conservatives take issue with Damon's involvement in this contentious issue, and have attacked him for sending his daughters to private school.

"The private school that I send my kids to is the thing closest to the public school that I went to that I could find. And that’s why I send my kids to private school," said Damon.

"I wish I didn't have to, it’s expensive, and I also want my kids to be part of their local community, and not have to commute to somewhere else to go to school," said Damon.

"That was a criticism I think it was Jeb Bush tweeted that, and then he retracted it pretty quickly," said Damon.

In August, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush sent a tweet that read, "Matt Damon Refuses to Enroll Kids in Los Angeles Public Schools. Choice ok for Damon, why not everyone else?"

Bush sent his sons to Florida private schools, Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, and Bolles School in Jacksonville, according to The Washington Post.

The former governor then sent a second tweet, noting, "(Education reform advocate) @kevinpchavous challenges Matt Damon to join him in making sure low-income families have #schoolchoice."

"Although I'd eat my shoe if he could name a Bush that ever even walked into a public school, but that’s another story," said Damon. "Maybe I will. Billy Bush, maybe he’ll call me up, ‘Man, I went to public school.’"

For more of our interview with Matt Damon, click here.

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