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Preserving the Public in Public Schools is a timely intervention in the current discourse on educational policy and research where the word public has become synonymous with failure, inefficiency and something to get rid of. It is not too surprising that the term has become part of the popular jargon; and as a victim of political polarization (McAvory & Hess, 2013), has been used to invoke passion in advocating for or against the status quo. As a starter, Boyle and Burns deconstructs the term public with an introduction captioned, “The Public in Public Schools.” Written in an easily accessible language, the book explains the term public in relation to republic, as well as to other values which define the concept American.

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