Meier: It is galling when rich people in the ed policy field tell me that class size doesn't matter-and pay a lot to send their kids to schools with half as many students per class as urban schools.
Klonsky: What we know for sure is that all over the country, power-philanthropists are making "gifts" to resource-starved school systems.
Meier: It's amazing the lengths to which we will go to avoid the questions that surround poverty and segregation, and how useful instead it has been to focus our animosity on schools.
Klonsky: Small rural schools, which often served as community anchors, were (are) being closed by the hundreds.
Meier: States are making it easier to hand over our schools to private interests or providing money to existing private schools.