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Top managers from other fields are learning to help fix failing schools.

from Reader's Digest Magazine | May 2007

How to fix America’s worst schools? The Los Angeles-based Broad Academy has a bright idea: Recruit top managers from other fields. Founded by billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad in 2001, the academy puts CEOs, military officers and other take-charge types through a rigorous ten-month training program, then sends them out to run underperforming districts. The results can be stunning. As superintendent of Michigan’s Benton Harbor schools, for example, retired AT&T exec Paula Dawning (shown left) raised reading scores by 100% in just two years.

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