Education: The Challenge

When the San Francisco Board of Education arbitrarily decreed that no teacher might work for or against any candidate for any local office (TIME, Jan. 3), it might have expected trouble. But it could hardly have anticipated the sort of embarrassment it suffered last week. Its challenger: conscientious Mary K. Ryan, president of the Teachers' Association of San Francisco and for 30 years one of the most respected teachers in the city.

Guided by Lawyer Joseph Alioto, Mary Ryan and five other prominent teachers wrote to Mayor Elmer Robinson urging him to reappoint Chairman Charles Foehn of the Board of Education, the...

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