reports that statistics tell a grim tale about Washington, D.C. schools. Most fourth- and eighth-graders are failing to read or do math at the basic levels. Approximately 4 of 5 schools are not meeting achievement goals set forth by No Child Left Behind. Just 43 percent of students graduate high school in five years. New mayor Adrian Fenty is trying to fix the schools and do what other mayors around the nation are trying to do: gain control of the schools. In Fenty's case, this means convincing both the city council and Congress to support his plan to have...

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