June 19, 1996

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The Jackson, Miss., school board voted last week to terminate Superintendent T.C. Wallace's contract as of June 30 after the superintendent failed one section of the National Teachers Examination.
It seems that every week we read about some educational leader under fire, whether a superintendent, headmaster, principal, or higher education president. Usually the fire turns into "fired." I know how they feel. Two years ago, people in 76 countries put me under fire. I happened to survive.
These days, the subject of race in America is in a cycle of wide and deep unpopularity at both the grassroots and political levels. Privately and publicly, the subject is avoided, abused, shunned, and abandoned. Its contemporary relevance is denied. The nation's leading effort to produce racial equality--school desegregation--is described as a waning policy: nice try and good riddance.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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