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Today, we’ve got a lengthy update for you running through a ton of responses to a lot of very good questions. I’ll recap our conference call with longtime Atlantic correspondent James Fallows. And we turn to your answers to Caroline’s note last week about the value and history of public schools. We’ll respond to a reader who’s looking for policy solutions to teacher pensions, and we’ll share a few of your thoughts about your own experiences with both private and public schools.


Jim joined us Monday for a wide-ranging conference call about the Trump presidency, China, and Jim’s plans to cover Europe for The Atlantic. I’ve distilled three of the biggest lessons into bullets for you here. You can also download the transcript from the call and listen to the recording.

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