The end of another school year is leaving a bad taste in many people's mouths, The Washington Post reports. A steady diet of government austerity and top-down "accountability" mandates have left numerous communities across the country with a severe case of sour stomachs over how their schools are being governed. As the school year closed in Michigan, hundreds of protestors gathered at the state capital in Lansing to protest state school budgets and policies that have left classrooms overcrowded and eliminated art, music, and other educational programs in schools. In Pennsylvania, teachers, parents, and public school activists have staged multiple...

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