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ISBN: 1-893554-07-4
6 x 9 hardcover
230 pages
U.S $24.95
Publication date:
May 2003
Bookstore Categories:
Education/Public Policy

Breaking Free
Public School Lessons and the Imperative of School Choice


The Later American Empire (A.D. 2003), Jim Kelly, Crisis Magazine, November 2003

Back to School : Can public education be saved?
Justin Torres, The Weekly Standard, August 25, 2003

Busting the Monopoly, Jonathan Kay, Commentary, Jul/Aug 2003

National Review, July 28, 2003, July 23, 2003

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 15, 2003

New York Sun, July 8, 2003

New York Sun, July 1, 2003

Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2003, May 30, 2003 May 27, 2003

The Boston Globe May 22, 2003

The New York Sun May 6, 2003

The Education Gadfly May 15, 2003

Publishers Weekly April 28, 2003

Booklist Starred Review


Breaking Free.

Advance Praise for Breaking Free

"Parental choice in education is the leading civil rights issue of our day, and Sol Stern's observations—drawn from across decades of experiences as public school student in World War II New York, sixties radical, writer, and father—explain why so many of us view school choice as a moral imperative."
William J. Bennett
Former U.S. Secretary of Education

"What a powerful and timely book! The Supreme Court says school choice is constitutional. Now Sol Stern explains why it's the essential alternative to a smug, sclerotic and monopolistic public-education establishment that never puts the kids' or parents' interests first. If you didn't already understand the need to carve an exit door for children, Stern's harrowing tales will open your eyes and boost your blood pressure."
Chester E. Finn, Jr.
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University &
President, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

"It's harder to learn what happens inside big-city schools than to get information from the battlefront. Unlike the modern army, urban schools don't allow reporters to embed themselves within their operations. In his riveting insider's account of New York City's public schools, Sol Stern brilliantly exploits the access of a parent and a teacher's spouse with the observational skills of a first-rate reporter to explain to us what we have long feared but not really understood."
Paul E. Peterson
Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government
Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance


City Journal