In the latest effort to boost student performance, the Minneapolis school district wants to give more autonomy to individual schools.
Under the effort, schools would have discretion over budgeting, hiring, scheduling and curriculum.
It's not exactly a new idea: School districts across the country have experimented with similar systems over the last 15 years, and researchers say the results so far have been mixed.
In Minneapolis, school leaders are frustrated over student performance. There have been small improvements lately, but the number of students who graduate in four years is still only 50 percent.