I had to fix Walter Russell Mead’s title:
“Something very strange is happening around the country: students are disappearing from America’s public schools.
The New York Times reports that many of the country’s largest school districts are rapidly losing students as parents lucky enough to have the choice switch their kids to private and charter schools. In the country’s largest school districts, public school enrollment is down by about 10 percent while charter school enrollment is up by more than 60 percent. This mass flight by newly empowered families is forcing tough choices on school districts . . .”
Note: It is not strange to anyone who lives in Birmingham or the Alabama Black Belt. Whites had to abandon BRA’s public schools and create private academies here over a generation ago because of the Brown decision. The definition of a “failing school” is an integrated school that caters to the Black Undertow or the Brown Tide.