A recent letter complained that we now have a president who went to private schools, who nominated as secretary of education someone who never attended public schools [“Education nominee needs schooling,” Feb. 7].

It sounds as though the writer is presenting a contrast with the past. However, like President Donald Trump, President Barack Obama attended private schools. He and his wife sent their daughters to private schools.

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Similarly, former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan went to a private school. Duncan served under Obama from 2009 until 2015. What the letter highlighted are similarities, not contrasts.

Jane I. Gilroy, Merrick