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Washington D.C. and Miami, Florida have taken two different approaches to turning schools around. As D.C. public schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee fired more than 200 teachers who she said were underperforming. Miami-Dade school district's Alberto Carvalho has pushed for federal money to help poor-performing schools. Both join host Michel Martin.
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