School choice, rather than being democratic, often creates communities separate from the ones we actually live and vote in.

Harry Boyte responds to Deborah Meier's story of large-scale school reform efforts which failed or were ignored by policy makers, by calling for a "Copernican Revolution" in how we think about politics.

Experimental attempts at creating alternative—and more democratic—school systems have been largely rejected or ignored.

In this continuing dialogue with Deborah Meier, Harry Boyte argues that conversation between democracy educators and democracy organizers creates ground for expanding democracy. In addition to the importance of the commonwealth, shared public resources, it highlights the need for citizen politics, not simply party politics.

Private schools do not "belong" to the people in the same way public schools do, as their measure of success is not accountability to the community but merely their ability to sustain themselves.

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