Object Lesson for Memphis 

From the Atlantic: BlackBerry-wielding type-A personalities out to shake up the system are a common sight in Washington. Until recently, their habitat consisted almost exclusively of the halls of Congress and the K Street corridor -- the think tanks, lobby shops, and congressional staffs most of us talk about when we talk about the capital. Rarely would you find them in the "other" Washington, the one most Americans would prefer to forget: the perennially dysfunctional city of 580,000 people, many of them poor and black; the city of the Marion Barry machine, of sky-high murder rates and voter disenfranchisement and the 1968 King riots. And, of course, the city of abysmal schools ...

Think big city public schools can't be changed? Read this article, then come back here and let's discuss.

-- Bruce VanWyngarden

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