Education: Genial Realist

In nine months of looking for a successor to retiring School Superintendent William Jansen, 70, the New York City Board of Education seemed to favor one man. Dr. John J. Theobald, 53, has no degree in education and never taught in a public school, but as the energetic president of municipal Queens College and more recently as New York's deputy mayor, he has come to know as much about his city and its huge (1,000,000 pupils) school system as any man. Last week, after looking over 24 candidates from all over the U.S., the board announced that Theobald was still its...

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