[CNN.com] article - Philadelphia approached Microsoft to design a new school system for their students (er... "learners") based on Microsoft management techniques. No library; there's an interactive something-or-other. No books, there's laptops. Here's the story.
I hope someone talks to the Project for School Innovation to pick up on what J-Fav's learned about making inner-city schools successful: parental involvement! For example, the Robert L. Ford School in Lynn, MA.