March 15th, 1999

WATCH: Toughest Job in America

This gripping story follows Philadelphia superintendent David Hornbeck’s six year battle against an entrenched bureaucracy, a stubborn union, hostile politicians, budget deficits, and a deep-rooted belief that poor and minority children cannot achieve.

But complicating the story are Hornbeck’s own inflexible streak of moralism and his tendency to alienate even his ardent supporters. What led to his eventual and sudden resignation?

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