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Depends who you ask. Catalyst Chicago's interview with Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan: "Our goal is to become the best school system in America . . . not 10 years from now, but literally in the next two years, we have a chance to do that." Catalyst interview with a Carver Military Academy English teacher: "My seniors ran around all year looking for their senior counselor, who was never in her office. . . . We're supposed to be a college prep school, but our AVID [college readiness] program is gone and we only have one Advanced Placement class." --Harold Henderson, hhenderson@chicagoreader.com

Read Harold Henderson's blog, Daily Harold, at chicagoreader.com.

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