Just got a mass email from philanthropist Eli Broad. He is publishing an autobiography called "Be Unreasonable." I am in favor of the general thesis, and he's made some interesting big bets on ed reform. So I look forward to it. Some clicking around led me to an intro by Mike Bloomberg. It reads:
When I was first elected mayor of New York in 2001, I set out to transform the city's broken and dysfunctional Board of Education and turn around a school system that had been failing for decades. It was a daunting challenge: the NYC school system has 1.1 million students, which would make it the 10th largest system in the United States, just behind Dallas.
Ahem. My guess is a copy editor edited that passage from its original, but messed it up. Who knows. In any case, it should read:
the NYC school system has 1.1 million students, largest in the nation -- in fact so large that if the NY schools were their own city, it'd the 10th largest in the United States, just behind Dallas.