Education: The Silent Teachers

In its campaign against Reds in the city schools, New York City's Board of Education fired six schoolteachers last week for refusing to tell a Senate subcommittee whether they were, or had ever been, party members (TIME, Sept. 22). The lever used to pry the teachers (five men, one woman) loose from their jobs: section 903 of the New York City charter, which provides that if a municipal employee refuses to answer a question about official business "on the ground that his answer would tend to incriminate him, [his] employment shall terminate." A few days later, the Board of Higher Education...

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