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Why Public Schools? Whose Public Schools?

As an outgrowth of the Kettering Foundation’s research in the politics of education, Why Public Schools? Whose Public Schools? What Early Communities Have to Tell Us (2003), explores how communities once acted together to create schools. The setting is frontier Alabama, yet every state has similar stories.

WhyPublicSchools-coverBy exposing the tightly coupled relationship between communities and their schools, author David Mathews (President of the Kettering Foundation) finds that cooperation and civic involvement are necessary to resolve today’s educational crisis.

The Kettering Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. Kettering’s primary research question is, what does it take to make democracy work as it should? Kettering’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities, and their nation.

David Mathews, secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in the Ford administration and a former president of the University of Alabama, is president of the Kettering Foundation.

Resource Link: http://kettering.org/publications/why-public-schools/

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