This is the story of post-WWII America….the centralization and consolidation of many institutions. Not just in the public sphere, but look at the corporate history….the 50s and 60s were the age of the conglomerate. This system worked for 30 years or so but began to break down by the late 70s (In 1977, you had one phone company — you paid what they said and got the service they determined)
Our school system is not so much good or bad as totally obsolete. The Choice Train has left the station and parents are demanding more options. They will not tolerate just one phone company or one school.