'The lesson for Democrats from the Republican coup in North Carolina is that public education is a cornerstone of our democracy, and closely related to the fight for voting rights, racial justice, and a more equal society. . Democrats must resurrect the conviction of their fusion heritage to fight for free, accessible, and high-quality public schools for all children. Separate and unequal system of public education, enacted largely to keep political power in the hands of white conservatives, is what built the social dis-order of segregation. Today, Republicans are making education part of their Carolina coup and enacting new ways to limit the control Democrats have over public schools. What doesn't make sense is that many Democrats – in the South and elsewhere – don't defend public schools very forcefully, even as they stand up for voting rights and democratic principles.'