ABC News Nightline: “Innovative Plan for Chelsea Schools”

Ted Koppel interviews Al Shanker and Dr. John Silber of Boston University about the Chelsea, Massachusetts school system. Located across the river from Boston, Chelsea had the worst school performance in the state. As a way to save the failing system, the Chelsea School Board signed administration over to Boston University for ten years. Shanker is strongly opposed to this plan. While he believes that the University's proposals for educational programming are good, he disagrees with a private institution performing a public function. Dr. Silber attempts to answer Shanker's criticisms. The segment begins with ABC staff interviewing Chelsea residents, school board members, and Mayor John Brennan.

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