Public Schools: Nice Guy's Exit

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Superintendent Calvin Gross came in to New York City's pressure-racked school system two years ago with a reputation as the nation's most technically proficient school administrator. His record in achieving racial integration and academic innovation in Pittsburgh had been brilliant. But Pittsburgh, with its 75,000 students and its tight, cooperative civic-power structure, is not New York, with its 1,060,000 students and its vast, indifferent establishment. Last week the mild-mannered Gross got a rude shove out.

Bad Luck, Bad Judgment. Gross, now 45, was the youngest man and the first non-New Yorker...

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