Do Teachers Punish According to Race?

That's the charge in Cincinnati, and the city board has proposed an explosive remedy

In the basement of Dater Junior High, just next to the boiler room and marked off by thick prison bars, school officials have crafted a fate worse than algebra class. Teachers at the school, part of the Cincinnati, Ohio, public school district, simply call it "the dungeon." Students have more descriptive -- if unprintable -- names for the small windowless cell. Though the prison bars are just painted on the cinder-block entrance, the punishment is real. Delinquent students must remain in the room -- absolutely quiet -- all day, even eating at their desks. "It's so hot and so boring," moans...

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