As chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools, Arne Duncan closed more than a dozen of the city's worst schools, reopening them with new principals and teachers. Now Duncan, President Obama's education secretary, wants to take school turnaround efforts nationwide on a scale never tried before, though he faces many obstacles, reports the New York Times. In speeches and interviews, Duncan said he would press local authorities to close thousands of the country's worst schools, the dropout factories where only a tiny fraction of students are reading at grade level, and reopen them with new staff members. Duncan appears to...

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