Education: Quieter Opening Days

It had become a familiar yet alarming summer rerun. Every September teachers in scores of communities across the nation would go on strike, loudly demanding higher pay and better working conditions. In other cities, white parents would take to the streets, outraged that a federal court had ordered them to desegregate their schools even if it meant busing their children into formerly black schools. By last week, however, it was clear that this year was different. Despite the harsh, unsolved problems of integration and finance, U.S. schools passed through the annual two-week period of school re-openings with far fewer crises than...

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