By investigating the legitimate educational roles of local and state governments, teachers’ unions, parents’ associations, law courts, and school administrators, I aim to build an empirically informed normative theory of public education appropriate for a liberal and democratic political community.

Introduction. Education in the 21st century

The Goals of Public Education

Chapter 1. The Liberal Goals of Education

Chapter 2. The Democratic Goals of Education

Chapter 3. Daycare, School, and the Goods of Childhood

The Division of Education Power

Chapter 4. Litigators and Legislators

Chapter 5. The Duties of Suburban School Boards

Chapter 6. The Special Moral Obligations of Teachers and Teachers’ Unions

Conclusion: A More Perfect Education System