CNN.com 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 the superintendent report to him and limit the authority of the school board. The major problem with this however, is that mayors typically do not have the power to overhaul schools. In most places, elected school boards and the superintendents they hire govern the school districts. While this system was created to help insulate schools from political issues, today, it sometimes results in mayors being held accountable for something they have no responsibility for, or power to influence…