Mark K. Claypool Published 11:00 p.m. ET May 20, 2019

More at-risk students would earn high school diplomas and demonstrate stronger academic skills if public education would admit its own shortcomings, loosen its grip on the market, and call upon resources at its fingertips that do a better job at a better price when it comes to reaching at-risk kids, Claypool says. (Photo: Don Campbell, AP)

Some 30 years ago, my first job out of college was as a child welfare investigator for the state of Tennessee. Occasionally, I had to pull a child out of squalor or away from a perpetrator. Sometimes things would go easily, tucking the child in my red Volkswagen and rolling off to a safe place. Other times, I

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