U.S. Schools: Shaking Up Is Hard To Do

"Public schools."How did two words that once meant respect and pride in America turn into such an embarrassment? Few national institutions generate as much anger today as the school system. Its only rival in public disdain may be Congress--and for some of the same reasons. Like Congress, many of the nation's school systems have become entrenched, self-perpetuating, tax-supported bureaucracies that sometimes lose sight of their mandate.

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