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From Mike Klonsky in the Huffington Post

Deborah Meier is considered the founder of the modern small-schools movement. She founded the Central Park East Schools, the first of the teacher-led small schools, in East Harlem in 1974.

“Some of our good ideas and their language has been adopted and misused — words and concepts that embody democracy, trust between adults and children, words and terms that represent a school that is an interesting place to work. All those things I wanted in a small school could also be reinterpreted to promote fear, distrust, division into racial niches—the exact opposite of the ends that we sought.”

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