Gerry Canavan

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Scenes from the class struggle in Manhattan:

At a time when the city’s schools have had their financing cut by an average of 13.7 percent over the past five years, the money has buffered these schools from the hard choices many others have had to make. In a system where many parents’ associations raise no money at all, these schools have earned a special name among parents and school consultants: “public privates.”

“Many now have amenities that can compete with private school offerings,” said Emily Glickman, the president of Abacus Guide Educational Consulting, a private-school admissions company, on the Upper East Side.

Meanwhile, Freddie deBoer has part one in what may be the definitive takedown of crisis rhetoric in American education.

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