Principal casts doubt on New York City's retention plan

02/4/2004 | NYTimes.com

Leonard Golubchick, principal of New York City's Public School 20, calls Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's plan to hold back children who fail the third-grade reading exam a "big mistake." Golubchick, who has seen similar initiatives to end social promotion fail, says a better approach would be to create smaller classes for students in kindergarten through third grade.

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