Education: Produce or Perish

Squeezed by shrinking budgets and surpluses of teachers, school boards and college trustees have sought ways in recent years to get around tenure rules that make it difficult—if not impossible —to fire incompetent teachers. Now the trend toward "accountability" has reached the presidential suites of the nation's largest system of higher education, the State University of New York.

S.U.N.Y.'S trustees voted last week to give its 29 college and graduate school presidents five-year appointments, instead of the indefinite terms they have been serving. According to Chancellor Ernest L. Boyer, that should be time...

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