This is a must read article if you believe that "the government belongs to the people and the government should provide for the good of the people — was foundational to the world’s nascent democracies.""We began moving away from the “public” in public education a long time ago. The glaring reality is that we have forgotten what “public” really means. Treating public schools like a business is a matter of fact in many places. Parents have pushed for school-choice policies that encourage shopping for public schools that they hope will give their children an advantage and for the expansion of charter schools that are run by private organizations with public funds. Large numbers of public schools have selective admissions policies that keep most kids out. And parents pay top dollar to buy into neighborhoods zoned to “good” public schools that can be as exclusive as private ones."