Talking about our entire public school system like it’s Armageddon is not only overblown, it does a great disservice to the many dedicated students, families and teachers that pour their time, money and hearts into our schools. There are hundreds of tiny miracles happening in our urban public schools each day that never get media attention. It’s time we analyzed why the “failing public schools” narrative is so pervasive nowadays. Who profits when public schools fail?

“School choice” is all the rage. Thus, modern parents are faced with a harrowing set of decisions about which schools will best serve their children. This is especially true in cities where, we are told, “bad public schools” lurk around every corner, and “good public schools” are in short supply. With so few spots to go around, parents who choose to apply “most requested” schools may worry their child will find themselves without a school in the fall.