The school board in Brevard County, Florida, voted to close three popular schools, to save money.

Parents protested, along with local elected officials, but the board spared only one school. The chair of the board acknowledged that they were compelled to close good schools.

“Tears streaming down her face, Gardendale Elementary Parent Karen Proctor said she didn’t know what to say to her 7-year-old son.

“And then her tone changed – and she promised to shift her passion from working to keep the school open to kicking out the board members who voted in favor of the closures.

“It’s disgusting,” she said. “It’s not OK.”

It’s puzzling that the richest, most powerful nation in the world can’t afford to keep its public schools open.