Table: Milwaukee's Report Card
Schools superintendent Howard Fuller has laid down tough, new goals for the public schools. Here's how they're doing: GOAL/GRADE ACTION PLAN RAISE ACADEMIC More rigorous requirements and testing. New emphasis on writing STANDARDS C+ High school grade average still C-, but dropout rate is falling GOAL/GRADE ACTION PLAN STREAMLINE Consolidate 20 departments into 6. Give principals more BUREAUCRACY control over funds and staff B- STATUS Schools don't have total control over curriculum or hiring teachers GOAL/GRADE ACTION PLAN FOSTER Reduce bureaucratic control, freeing principals and teachers INNOVATION to experiment B+ STATUS More communities running own schools. GOAL/GRADE ACTION PLAN INVOLVE Bring local companies in as partner in overhaul. Tap BUSINESS expertise of executives A STATUS Dozens Vouchers in limited DATA: BUSINESS WEEK use of companies offering counseling, money, and jobs
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