Education: School Forecast: Unseasonably Mild

The back-to-school season began last week in an atmosphere of unwonted tranquillity. This year, in contrast to previous Septembers, early prospects were for relatively little turmoil from teacher strikes and demonstrations. In fact, school officials in most parts of the country were hopeful that the unusual calm in the nation's classrooms would prove to be long-lasting.

There were and will be some noisy exceptions, of course. In Boston, antibusing forces prepared to greet this week's school opening with massive demonstrations. The protests were aimed at a court-ordered plan to transfer 45,000 children to...

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