A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 15, 1971

GIVEN the complexities of why Johnny sometimes can't read and why the school board sometimes can't raise enough revenue, covering education has always been a journalistic challenge. In recent years, the field has broadened still further because of the integration movement to include elements of law, politics and sociology. "All the comfortable assumptions have exploded," says Senior Editor John Elson, who directs our Education section. "The theories and rules are all up for reconsideration, making the beat livelier than ever."

Since the Supreme Court's 1954 desegregation decision, events have zigzagged dramatically, requiring close coverage. Last year our cover on "Retreat from Integration"...

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