PORT TOWNSEND — A Western Washington University history professor will talk about the state of public schools in the nation on Saturday.

Johann Neem’s free, hour-long presentation, “What Happened to America’s Public Schools?” will be at 7 p.m. the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 2333 San Juan Ave.

“The goal of my talk is to help people understand what the purpose is of public education and why we have lost faith in it today,” Neem said. “I’m a historian of education, but my primary interest is how democracy works.

“I think that public education is so fundamental to our democracy that I started to explore why do we have public schools in the first place and what are they for.

“And why

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