New York School Crisis and the Nation
Wide Interest in the New York Controversy
Turmoil in New York City over decentralization of the public school system stands as a warning—possibly a preview—of what may happen in other cities subject to the same pressures for decentralization and containing the same volatile elements for conflict. The nation's largest metropolis has been beset for more than a year by teacher strikes, school lockouts, parents' boycotts, confrontations at school doorways, arrests of administrators, teacher defiance of Board of Education orders, pupil rebellions, and touches of violence here and there. The levels of tension and acrimony have been high, and there has been a deepening of the gulf between the ghetto community and the so-called education establishment.
Nearly all of these troubles ...