At F.D. Moon Academy in Oklahoma City, there are 147 sixth graders. Wednesday, 136 were suspended for slamming tables in the cafeteria, talking back to teachers and disrupting classrooms.
(Elaine) Ford, in her first year as the school’s principal, said teachers can’t improve test scores until disciplinary issues are resolved. She estimated teachers spend 85 percent of their time reprimanding students.
A majority of suspended students’ parents showed up for a meeting to discuss the problem. But some came to yell at the principal.