Education: Forging the Future: Heads of the Class

These pathfinders are bringing new energy to schools, one principal, textbook and parent-teacher meeting at a time



Brady Keys Jr. has always been a playmaker--on and off the field. In 1964, when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he ran a punt back 90 yds., a play that's still a team record. In the '70s, as the owner of several franchises, he was an African-American pioneer in the fast-food industry, and his policy of custom-making orders inspired Burger King's famous "Have It Your Way" campaign. Now the former football star is tackling his most difficult challenge yet: failing inner-city schools.

Keys believes that the secret to educational improvement is...

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