Education: Perfectly Proper

Nearly a year ago, New York City's Superintendent of Schools William Jansen summoned a teacher into his office and asked him this question: "Are you now, or were you ever, a member of the Communist Party?" The teacher refused to answer, and in time, seven others did the same. Last May, Superintendent Jansen suspended all eight for "insubordination and conduct unbecoming a teacher." Since then, New York City has been trying to decide whether Dr. Jansen had the legal right to do what he did.

Last week, after a special trial of the eight,...

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