Who’s Afraid of Public Schools?

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Public schools are the bogeymen of American life.


We so often hear the bedtime story of “Failing Schools” that it’s no wonder some folks will do anything to ensure their kids get in elsewhere.


And let’s be honest. It’s the same impulse behind the latest college admissions cheating scandal.


A group of wealthy – though not too wealthy – parents thought their children should be able to enroll in the most prestigious schools.


So they bribed college admissions officers, cheated on standardized tests or paid coaches or other officials to accept their children as college athletes even if their kids had never played the sport.


We see the same kind of thing everyday in public schools – a confederacy of white parents terrified that their kids might have to go to class with black kids. So they dip into their stock portfolios to pay for enrollment at a private…

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