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Should City Mayors Control Public Schools?

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Should City Mayors Control Public Schools?

Should City Mayors Control Public Schools?

Should City Mayors Control Public Schools?

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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.

Guests:

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.