Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cara Fitzpatrick delivers a history lesson in The Death of Public School, looking back at the turbulent history of school choice.

She shows how school choice evolved from a segregationist tool in the South in the 1950s, to a policy embraced by advocates for educational equity in the North, to a conservative strategy for securing government funds for private schools in the twenty-first century. As a result, she argues, education is poised to become a private commodity rather than a universal good.

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