But this story makes one wonder who's zoomin' who:
Mayors seek to gain control over schools
By NANCY ZUCKERBROD, AP Education Writer
Sun Jan 7, 7:14 AM ET
WASHINGTON - The statistics tell a sorry tale about the public schools in America's capital. A majority of fourth- and eighth-graders are failing to read or do math at basic levels. Roughly four in five schools are not meeting achievement goals under the federal No Child Left Behind law. Just 43 percent of students graduate from high school in five years.
The new mayor, Adrian Fenty, got an earful about the situation during last year's campaign.
So he is doing what a dozen other city leaders around the nation have done: trying to gain control over the schools. For Fenty, that means convincing the city council and Congress to support his plan to require the superintendent to report to him and to further limit the authority of the elected school board.
Clearly it isn't more money that makes quality education. But the politicians will step in and try, once again, to re-write economics to force a failing program to succeed.