Education: Who is a Fire Hazard?

For the last 33½ years jolly, auburn-haired Mrs. Marguerite S. Cunningham, 51, has taught in New York City's grade schools. She is a popular teacher, but her record is not unblemished. She has been absent from class 1,556 days, tardy 724 times. A big woman (5 ft. n, 275 lb.), she suffers from high blood pressure (see p. 72), walks with a cane.

Fortnight ago Board of Education President James Marshall used Teacher Cunningham's record as a case in point. Pending before the State Legislature was a bill which would empower his board to retire teachers found physically or mentally unfit. Informed...

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