Education: The Last Brake?

If there is one outstanding thing about the career of soft-spoken William Moreland, 61, it is that he has managed to last so long as school superintendent of Houston. Almost since he took over in 1945, his schools have been in trouble—largely because the powerful right-wing forces on the school board and in the city have been determined to keep Houston free of anything that could be remotely called "controversial." In one way or another, Houston's school board has chalked up as impressive a record of sheer orneriness as any big-city board in...

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