**CANCELED** Cara Fitzpatrick at Harvard Book Store


The Death of Public School:
How Conservatives Won the
War Over Education in America

in conversation with JAMES DAO

This event has been canceled.


August 21, 2023
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been canceled. 

Harvard Book Store welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist CARA FITZPATRICK to discuss her new book The Death of Public School: How Conservatives Won the War Over Education in America. She will be joined in conversation by JAMES DAO—editorial page editor of The Boston Globe.

About The Death of Public School

America has relied on public schools for 150 years, but the system is increasingly under attack. With declining enrollment and diminished trust in public education, policies that steer tax dollars into private schools have grown rapidly. To understand how we got here, The Death of Public School argues, we must look back at the turbulent history of school choice.

Cara Fitzpatrick uncovers the long journey of school choice, a story full of fascinating people and strange political alliances. She shows how school choice evolved from a segregationist tool in the South in the 1950s, to a policy embraced by advocates for educational equity in the North, to a conservative strategy for securing government funds for private schools in the twenty-first century. As a result, education is poised to become a private commodity rather than a universal good.

The Death of Public School presents the compelling history of the fiercest battle in the history of American education—one that already has changed the future of public schooling.

Praise for The Death of Public School

"Cara Fitzpatrick has written a remarkable book on the decades long battle over school choice. Deeply researched and beautifully written, this is a story of the calculating lawmakers and surprising political alliances who have redefined public education with profound implications for families, communities, and the nation. This is a must-read book for anyone who cares about the future of education in America." ―Matthew F. Delmont, author of Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad

"The Death of Public School is history at its best, unfurling a remarkable, troubling tale. In chilling detail, Cara Fitzpatrick lays out how in plain sight the conservatives have worked to dismantle public education. In this recounting, Fitzpatrick has issued a clarion call, to renew our public commitment to providing an equitable and rigorous schooling for all." ―Alex Kotlowitz, author of An American Summer

"Cara Fitzpatrick has produced a crucial political history of the movement that, often quietly, has threatened the public nature of America's education system. The Death of Public School is timely, carefully researched, and critically important." ―Dana Goldstein, author of The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession

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Cara Fitzpatrick
Cara Fitzpatrick

Cara Fitzpatrick

Cara Fitzpatrick is an editor at Chalkbeat. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting in 2016 for a series about school segregation. She was a New Arizona fellow in 2019 at New America and a Spencer fellow at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 2018. Fitzpatrick lives in New York City with her husband and children.

James Dao
James Dao

James Dao

James Dao is the editorial page editor of The Boston Globe, overseeing editorials, op-eds, letters and the Ideas section. Before coming to the Globe in 2022, he spent 30 years at The New York Times where, as a reporter, he covered state and national politics, roamed the country as a national correspondent and embedded with American troops during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also the paper’s deputy National editor, Op-Ed editor and, most recently, Metro editor. During the Afghanistan war, he won an Emmy for a multimedia series on the deployment of an Army battalion titled “A Year at War.”

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass. Ave. in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank. Cross Dunster St. and proceed along Mass. Ave for three more blocks. You will pass Au Bon Pain, JP Licks, and TD Bank. Harvard Book Store is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St.

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