Student Strike

Unexpectedly, the school gong rang, and at the signal (which teachers mistook for a fire drill) 260 students filed out of the brick schoolhouse. Gallused tobacco growers loafing around the country courthouse in Rogersville, Tenn. (pop. 2,018) watched the kids coming, gaped in surprise when they read the cardboard signs. The kids were on strike for something kids weren't supposed to care too much about: they wanted more and better teachers.

Principal B. L. Hale had sought teachers from all over the state, found few interested in a job which required four years of...

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