Public Schools: Teachers Get a Hand In Running New York

New York City's public schools opened in high spirits last week. Teachers were pleased: by threatening to strike they had won a pay raise of sorts and improvements in working conditions. Calvin E. Gross, superintendent of the nation's biggest school system, was relieved: he could turn from being a labor negotiator to being an educator. Students—more than a million of them—were grateful that the city had provided a teacher for every one of them, in contrast to past years.

The schools will need high spirits—and more. For back of last week's optimism lie all the system's old...

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