Op-Ed: City Should Help Students who Misbehave (NY Daily News)
By Donna Lieberman
Education is a child's right — not a reward for good behavior.
Sadly, in our public schools, the kids who need help the most are often the same kids missing school because of a suspension, ticket or even an arrest.
During 2013-14, more than four arrests or criminal summonses were issued every day of the school year, turning routine misbehavior like drawing on the desk into criminal matters.
“Insubordination” and horseplay resulted in nearly 14,000 suspensions for sixth through 12th graders.