Education: Unhappy Ending

Teachers' strikes ended on uncertain notes in two of the nation's largest public school systems last week. In New York, 55,000 teachers returned to their classes with a settlement that left almost everyone unhappy. In Chicago, 27,000 teachers went back to school after the board of education agreed to give them millions of dollars more than it had in its budget.

Not even the negotiators were pleased with the contract that ended the New York strike. "Neither side will sing victory songs about this," predicted School Board Vice President Robert Christen. Albert Shanker,...

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