Education: Savage Strike in Newark

Urban schools are often so bad that despairing parents no longer care whether their children attend. Militant blacks blame city teachers—most of them white, some of them black. Last week these pressures blocked settlement of a savage teacher strike in Newark, already the longest in the history of any major U.S. city. As a result, more than half of Newark's predominantly (80%) black pupils stayed out of school for the tenth straight week.

Newark's crumbling schools have fallen behind for years. In 1968, only six out of every 100 pupils were reading above the...

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