Boston: Erasing the Board

Erasing the Board

No principle is more sacred to American public education than the authority of locally elected school boards. Yet the Boston city council voted last week to abolish the independent School Committee and put city hall directly in charge of Boston's 57,000 public-school students, 80% of them members of minorities. Black leaders and the School Committee protested the council's action, which must be approved by the Massachusetts legislature and signed by the Governor. But Mayor Raymond Flynn, who is pushing hard to overhaul the debt-ridden system, argues, "There's just no time anymore to sit around and think. We've got kids walking away...

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