The Windy City's public schools are embracing tough corporate tactics in a bid to improve teacher performance. Senior managers are now regularly hauled over the coals in front of their colleagues in mandatory quarterly performance reviews, and some teachers are moving on in search of less confrontational environments. "The teachers in the bottom quintal, that bottom 25, 20 percent, they are leaving the district," says one superintendent. "And that, quite frankly, is our goal."

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