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The new tax law poses a hidden threat to American democracy: Undermining public education will exacerbate polarization and mistrust.
The Washington Post (2018)
  • Johann N. Neem
  • Tony Lin, University of Virginia
Abstract
Public schools were established to knit together the civic fabric of our democracy. They never fully succeeded in that task, but as our discourse becomes increasingly poisoned and our political divisions seem to grow deeper with each passing year, we need them to do so more than ever. Unfortunately, these same developments make Americans more resistant to restoring and completing this original vision for our schools.
Legislation like the tax bill, which threatens the funding base for public schools and encourages private schooling, promises to exacerbate these problems and poses a real danger to American democracy.
Keywords
  • tax reform,
  • public education,
  • democratic education,
  • education reform
Publication Date
Winter 2018
Citation Information
Johann N. Neem and Tony Lin. "The new tax law poses a hidden threat to American democracy: Undermining public education will exacerbate polarization and mistrust." The Washington Post (2018)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/johann_neem/76/