If you want to see how another city does school reform almost entirely differently from how it's happened in Chicago, check out my just-released profile of Tom Payzant and his 10-year stint heading the Boston public schools (PDF).
As you'll see, both districts came under mayoral control roughly 10 years ago. Both have had long and troubled histories with segregation and inequitable education. However, Boston went with a traditional educator who rolled out his well-chosen initiatives carefully and focused almost entirely on schoolhouse issues.
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