John C. Maxwell, the executive director of the National Council of Teachers of English since 1981, announced last week that he will leave his post at the end of the year.
During his tenure, Mr. Maxwell oversaw a doubling, to 60,000, of the ncte's membership and a major increase in the group's financial resources.
He also played a prominent role on national education issues, helping to organize in 1987 the first "summit" meeting of Eng6lish organizations in more than 20 years. That same year, he also brought together major subject-matter organizations to discuss ways to respond to reform proposals.
Prior to joining the ncte staff in 1971, Mr. Maxwell had been a teacher and supervisor of English programs and served as deputy director of the Upper Midwest Regional Educational Laboratory and director of the Twin City Institute for Talented Youth.
Sandra Feldman, head of the New York City teachers' union, has proposed creating out-of-town boarding schools for children who are having trouble in school or at home.
"Many children are caught in a neighborhood environment that is poisoning them with drugs, with violence, with hopelessness," she said at a United Federation of Teachers conference this month. "For some of these kids, the only solution is to take them away to a new place where they can get close attention without the ruinous distraction of the city streets."
The city also should create 24-hour "safe havens" for children, she said.