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American Educator
Fall 1978


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Educational Policy and the Law
Who Runs the Schools?
By Mark G. Yudof

A law professor describes the relationship of the courts and the legislature to educational policy.

Equal Opportunity or the Numbers Game
A debate between William L. Taylor and Thomas Sowell

Two authorities on civil rights debate the merits of current affirmative action policies.

A Decision by the Court

The Supreme Court decision in the Bakke case is summarized.

Teachers in the Courtroom
What Every Teacher Ought to Know about Court Procedures
By Perry A. Zirkel and Aviam Soifer

The authors provide practical information on some of the procedural hurdles that teachers face in legal cases.

The Homosexual Teacher
By William Bennett

The director of the National Humanities Center deals with the implications of the homosexual rights movement as it affects the public schools.

Coping with Retirement
By Jeanne Paul

A freelance writer discusses the difficulties and the rewards that face retiring teachers.

Saying Good-Bye
A photo essay by Susanne Anderson

A Washington, DC, public school counselor retires after more than twenty years in the school system.

The School Nurse Practitioner
A New Program to Improve Student Health
By Henry K. Silver and Judith B. Igoe

Two pioneers of the school nurse practitioner program at the University of Colorado describe the benefits of the program to teachers and students.

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About American Educator

American Educator is a quarterly journal of educational research and ideas published by the American Federation of Teachers. Recent articles have focused on such topics as reducing the achievement gap between poor and affluent students, heading off student discipline problems, teaching an appreciation and understanding of democracy, the benefits of a common coherent curriculum, and other issues affecting children and education here and abroad. Total circulation, as of our most recent issue, is over 900,000.

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