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What If Teachers Were Charged With Setting School Direction?

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PBS NewsHour takes a look at Mission Hill School in Boston where teachers run the school based on a consensus model. Everyone on staff must be in agreement before an action is taken regarding the governance of the school. It's very different from the bureaucratic top down model in most public schools, giving teachers ownership over decisions like budgeting, curriculum and hiring. Reporter John Tolenko visits the school, talks through the democratic process with teachers and tries to answer the question: could this work in lots of schools?