12/29/2003

New York University Education Department Chairman Richard Arum blames the U.S. legal system for increased violence and disorder in public schools. Since a 1975 decision extending students' due process rights, students and their parents have become more aggressive in challenging schools' rights to impose detention, in-class "time outs" and other sanctions, a disturbing expansion of student civil liberties which, Arum argues, must be curbed.

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