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“In the beginning, God created idiots. This was for practice. Then He created School Boards.” — Mark Twain
Finally, 150 years later, the sequel!
The Story: After a murder at Bonaire Elementary, Richard and Anna Lee Gray seek a good school for their son Nick in a safe neighborhood. Their search leads them to Malliford, a “school of excellence.” When redistricting sends scores of minority students to Malliford, iron-willed Principal Estelle Rutherford declares war on kids to raise test scores and save her reputation. Dissident parents revolt, electing Richard to head the Parent-Teacher Organization, and tensions explode. Welcome to Chain Gang Elementary, home to vast right-wing conspiracies, 3rd-grade gangsters, and bake sale embezzlers–where toxic childhood secrets boil over, reformers go stark raving mad, and culture wars escalate into armed conflict.
For a taste of what’s ahead, check out this excerpt: “All Hail the Standard Hightower Intellachievement Test!” (Warning: Do not use acronym in public).