Teachers: Test of Strength

The U.S. public schoolteacher is fed up with his longtime pose as a professional too polite to hit the streets in a fight for a reasonable wage. This year he is proving as tough in the pursuit of a buck as the school electrician and plumber, who have long outpaced him in pay. The U.S. taxpayer is sick of soaring school costs. The conflict between these viewpoints has created one of the most strife-ridden school openings in years. This week nearly 2,000,000 schoolchildren from Baltimore to East St. Louis, Ill., face the possibility of extended summer vacations because of...

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