This past fall, for the first time in 25 years, my wife and I didn’t buy any school supplies, monitor any homework assignments, or attend any “Back-to-School Nights.”With our youngest child now away at college, we are, at long last, empty nesters.

Our “graduation” from the K-12 phase of parenthood has given us reason to reflect on the many happy memories our four children made – and the many excellent teachers from whom they learned – during their schooling years. I could probably fill a book writing about those things.

But our graduation from the K-12 phase of parenthood has also given us reason to lament the persistence of some nagging “double standards” in public education that policymakers need to address. These double standards are hindering many students from getting the education – and fair treatment – they deserve. Several stories from our 25 years of K-12 parenting may serve to illustrate five of the worst double standards we encountered.

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