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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