Education: Tough Guy for a Tough Town

The beleaguered New York school system gets a stern headmaster

The tall man in the dark double-breasted suit stood ramrod straight while Edward Koch introduced him at a city hall press conference. Then Richard R. Green, freshly appointed chancellor of the New York City school system, biggest (939,142 students) and arguably the baddest in all the land, said to the mayor, "Why don't you be seated?" Koch complied, like a schoolboy whom the principal has put in his place. And when His Honor tried later to rise, the Big Apple's new headmaster froze him with a turn of the hand.

That's how things tend to be when Richard Green, the first...

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