Education: Here Come the Mr. Fixits

These are hard times for school superintendents everywhere. Since spring, superintendents have resigned or been asked to leave in a dozen large U.S. cities besides Washington. Among them: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, St. Louis and San Francisco. In large part, the troubles besetting superintendents reflect the emergence of more politically active school board members who want to run the schools themselves. Says William Henry, associate director of the American Association of School Administrators: "The pattern developing across the country is board members as Mr. Fixits. I am not sure any superintendent...

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