Education: Stink in Chicago

Chicagoans have learned to put up with many a civic stench, but by September, 1944, some of them could no longer stand the smell of their public-school administration. They called on the National Education Association, lumbering but potent watchdog representing some 900,000 U.S. teachers, to investigate. But when N.E.A.'s investigators appeared, they were brusquely told to devote themselves instead "to making some contribution to the war and defense effort." For the first time anywhere, N.E.A. was barred from public school records and classes.

N.E.A. went ahead with its investigation as best it might, last...

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