Just a brief update to let you know that "yes" I am still infatuated with the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal and will probably have some very interesting news for you by the end of the semester.
From Friedman's assessment (mostly rejected)
Milton Friedman writes of the appropriate federal role in public education in an economics-based article from 1955. His analysis begins with pointing out the huge role government has assumed in financing and administering education for a nation that believes in individual freedoms, family, and free enterprise. He gives three plausible ways to justify such heavy government involvement: creating competition where there would otherwise be a natural monopoly, “neighborhood effects” (or what I am conceptualizing as negative externalities) of which there is no coercive compensation mechanism and a strong form of paternalism over children and the vulnerable. The article then goes on to differentiate between common education and vocational education.