Discipline plea

9th August 1996 at 01:00
United States: Some teachers in inner-city schools say they are losing too much classroom time disciplining students who misbehave. The education department issued a survey that said 25 per cent of eighth-grade teachers in urban schools and 16 per cent in suburban schools spent at least an hour a week maintaining order.

"The principals want to keep the suspension rate down and they don't want all these children on the street because they haven't decided what to do with them," said Romona Davis, an elementary school teacher in New Orleans, at the convention of the American Federation of Teachers, where the government figures were released.

The 900,000-member teachers' union called for tougher discipline policies and better enforcement.

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