Education: Inside Man

For ten months New York City had been looking for a superintendent of schools. It was a prize job, the best-paid public school administrative post in the U.S.: $25,000 a year. The Board of Education declared itself ready to "shatter precedent in its effort to find the best man, regardless of geographic location or rank in service," to replace Superintendent John E. Wade, who must retire at 70 this summer.

Last week, to no one's surprise but to a few people's wrath, the board found the "best man" in its own backyard—just two doors down from Wade's office. The choice shattered no...

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