Education: Teacher Strikes: Only the Start

"Teachers will be striking in September, October, November, December, January, February ..." That was the prediction last week of Terry Herndon, executive director of the National Education Association (see box page 51). Indeed by week's end hundreds of thousands of the nation's public school teachers were on the picket lines. The militant American Federation of Teachers estimated that as many as one-fourth of its 440,000 members could be on strike this month. The larger (1.7 million members) N.E.A. predicted that there could be from 150 to 200 strikes this fall−compared with 106 last year.

The largest walkout came in Chicago, the nation's...

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