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Mike, who is old enough to have attended public school when students actually learned how to read, write, spell and do arithmetic. The teachers back then were actually dedicated to teaching and did not go on strike. I find that reading a lot helps my spelling.

Bah, humbug. You're only a few years older than me... and I remember the Cleveland teachers going on strike during my senior year of high school (1978). They were out so long that when they finally went back, the kids had to go to school during Christmas and Easter vacations, plus a number of Saturdays, to make up the days missed. And even then the school year ended late. (I got lucky and dodged all this, however, as I ended up in a suburban school district right at the start of my senior year due to a sudden change in family situation.)
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