Education: Change on 120th Street

Of all the academic chairs in the U.S., probably none is more of a hot-seat than the presidency of Teachers College, Columbia University. The mecca of U.S. public schoolmen, T.C. has turned out a fourth of the nation's big-city (over 50,000 population) school superintendents. It lists among its alumni nearly a third of all U.S. deans of education and presidents of teacher-training institutions. As such, it has been more than any other campus the creator of the modern public school.

Last week, William F. Russell, 64, announced his coming retirement as head of Teachers...

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