Public Schools: Academic Sickness in New York

Every day, somewhere in New York City's public-school system, at least one teacher is shoved or struck by recalcitrant students; uncounted others are cursed and threatened with beatings. Last week, in the wake of 13 such student assaults in the past six months, teachers at Bronx Junior High School 98, where 96% of the students are either Negro or Puerto Rican, finally got fed up. Among other things, they asked Principal James Mandel and the school board to provide more protection than the single patrolman already on full-time duty there, give them...

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