Kelleher “pleaded not guilty; the case is proceeding.

Fury over Keleher’s alleged cor-

ruption, and the gutted system she

left behind, helped fuel the protest

movement that brought downRos-

sell6é in August. It could remake

the islands’ relationship with the

rest of the country.

Thoughit sits on the nation’s

periphery, with a unique history

and culture, Puerto Rico is in many

ways a representative case ofAmer-

ca in the 21st century. Look past the

ropical climate and language, and

ou see a landscape offast-food ays Interstate-style high-

andemptying strip malls that

<embles nothing so muchas the

pper Midwest. There, too, jobs

have vanished because of preda-

torv policies that favored the flow

of money over people’s lives, with

no accountability to show forit. In

as in Flint, for many the only

wayupis out.

But for all those leaving, far

more are being left behind; for

every empty classroom, there are

children left disadvantaged, fami-

lies stranded and teachers and staff

pushed aside. These images repre-

sent what has been lost and what

more could be lost with them, but

also what — as the protest move-

ment in the streets represents —

could still be gained. They are a

prelude toa story that has not been

written yet. Schools are always

about the future.”