Education: A Task Worthy Of Solomon

Boston University proposes to take over a city school system

"I don't think Solomon could solve the problems of Chelsea," says Carmella Oliver, a parent in the industrial Boston suburb. "Education is not a priority here." Luckily, it may not take a Solomon -- just nearby Boston University, which has offered to run the city's failing school system. The plan, now being debated by the seven-member Chelsea School Committee, could be ratified as soon as next month and go into effect this winter. When that happens, B.U. will become the first private institution in the U.S. to take over and manage a public school system.

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