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Democracy's Schools by Johann N. Neem

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This is an important book about public education. Neems also  wrote a post for the Brookings Blog in which he warned that anyone who races to embrace school choice should think hard about why public schools were created and what we lose if we abandon them. He reminds us that public schools are about much more than test scores.'Historically, the most successful public programs have benefited a broad constituency. When policies are seen as “welfare,” taxpayers resent their money being spent on others. Public education—like Social Security—succeeded because most Americans benefited. The principles above guided public education’s advocates. And public schools were—and remain—among America’s most successful institutions. Our efforts to reform, then, must build on public schools’ immense historical success.”

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