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Special Reports

Dec. 15, 2010

Menino returns to education fray

Backs superintendent, urges broad overhauls

Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston, who once famously challenged residents to judge him harshly if public schools did not improve, outlined a substantial overhaul yesterday of how the city educates its children.

Speaking in a Back Bay hotel ballroom packed with more than 500 business leaders, Menino dove back into a vexing issue that been a focal point of his administration since he took office in 1993. The five-term mayor vehemently endorsed a plan to shutter nine schools and called for dramatic changes to the teachers’ contract to lengthen the school day and tie pay to student performance.

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