Education: Illinois Innovator

Although he is superintendent of public instruction in Illinois and a former history professor, Michael J. Bakalis, 34, is convinced that education is far too important to be left solely to professional educators. "I have no allegiance either to the teachers or to the school board members," he says. His duties are to the children, he believes, and he is determined to take a fresh look at what they need. "What's wrong with our schools," according to Bakalis, "is a certain mindlessness about what we think they should be doing."

After his election to...

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