John Kuhn has been alarmed at the scapegoating of American public schools, and has used his position as superintendent of the Perrin-Whitt school district in Texas to speak out against it in a new book, “Fear and Learning in America: Bad Data, Good Teachers, and the Attack on Public Education.”

On my America Weekend show, Kuhn explained the impact of the school reform movement, with its emphasis on more testing, on teachers’ morale and student achievement. We also discussed rising inequality among children, the entrepreneurs and hedge funders financing charter schools and other “alternative” systems, and why property taxes are not the best way to fund education.

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