Author: Stan Karp

STAN KARP is a high school teacher in Paterson, NJ and an editor of the journal Rethinking Schools ( He can be reached at

Leaving Public Schools Behind

It is a measure of how far the right is reaching that the left today finds itself defending the very existence of public education from the forces of privatization, commercialization, and even federal policy. Just four years after 1996 Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole campaigned on a platform of abolishing the Department of Education, the Bush administration came into office with a massive expansion of the federal role in education as its number one domestic priority.