Education Chief Urges Mayoral Control Of Schools


Education Secretary Arne Duncan says big city mayors should take control of their school systems.

Duncan said Tuesday that there’s too much turnover among superintendents in cities where the mayor is not in charge of the schools. He says strong leadership is needed to carry out reform in big cities, where children are struggling the most.

Currently, mayors control the public schools in only a few cities while most others are run by school boards. Duncan told the U.S. Conference of Mayors that if the number doesn’t rise, he will have failed as secretary.

Fascinating: Duncan is a former Chicago Public Schools CEO. His governance point is well worth discussin.