Chicago's public schools were once called the worst in the nation. Now, cities across the country look to them as a model. Other mayors want the power to shut down schools that don't perform and to fire teachers and principles. They say it's about accountability. Critics argue it's all politics.
Arne Duncan, chief executive officer, Chicago Public Schools
Julie Woestehoff, executive director, Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE), parents advocacy and training organization
Adrian Fenty, mayor, Washington, D.C.