Education: Utah: Off Limits

Teachers

The powerful National Education Association, spokesman for 902,000 classroom teachers, frowns on the words "strike" and "boycott"—they describe highly unprofessional behavior. But in Utah last week, 10,000 N.E.A. teachers went on a two-day "recess" while the association voted "sanctions" against the whole state, and for all Utah knew it might just as well have been struck and boycotted.

The blast was aimed at one target, Republican Governor George Dewey Clyde. The Utah Education Association, the N.E.A. affiliate that represents 98% of the state's public-school teachers, thought it had wrung a concession from Clyde last summer when he named a committee to investigate...

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