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Abstract: This sequel accompanies the case "Tackling Poor Performance" (1571.0). When Paulo Renato de Souza accepts an appointment to become Brazil's minister of education, he faces extreme challenges. Public education in Latin America's most populous nation is widely viewed as a failure. Brazil's vast population of poor children often attends schools that are both physically inadequate and have inadequate textbooks. His own department has seen a parade of ineffective leaders and has only indirect authority of state governments responsible for primary education.
Learning Objective: This leadership case describes de Souza's early choices in his bid to improve schooling—including efforts to change the education financing mechanism through legislative action.