Education: Teachers' Boycott

According to Arthur F. Forey, executive secretary of the California Teachers Association, strikes by teachers are "inappropriate, illegal, outmoded and ineffective." Corey prefers a polite new substitute called the "sanction"—in effect a boycott of "unethical or arbitrary" school districts. At the Little Lake city school district in a booming (aircraft) area outside Los Angeles, the 123,000-member C.T.A. is testing this new weapon.

The test is rooted back in 1958, when Little Lake called in some U.C.L.A. experts to measure how its schools were faring. Spurred by the unflattering report, Little Lake hired a vigorous new superintendent with a taste for higher standards....

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