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We noticed this story in Sunday's Los Angeles Times article about house parties, coordinated as "nonpartisan issue-based events" to rally support for the nation's schools, making the rounds in major California cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. The hottest topic seemed to be President Bush's roundly criticized "No Child Left Behind" education law.We wonder how many of the well-heeled Angeleno party guests with school-aged children, like Arianna Huffington, actually enrolled their offspring into public schools or opted for one of the many private schools in the area.

First thing to do to help public schools is to bring back the dwindling middle-class base of students and motivate their parents and allies, including the childless, to fight for quality public education for every American child.