The Press: Boom on the School Beat

When voters in a Portland, Ore. suburb recently torpedoed a tax increase that would have provided more money for their schools, Superintendent of Schools Floyd Light knew just what the trouble was: Wilma Morrison, education editor of the union-struck Portland Oregonian, had not been around to push for the measure. Said Light darkly: "Her being out definitely hurt us. The story was not brought before the public."

In crediting Editor Morrison with such influence, Light was pointing a finger at what may be the biggest boom in U.S. newspapers: education reporting, long neglected by...

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