Campbell Brown: Teacher Tenure Must End

The first grader stood at the front of the classroom, the rest of his class looking on, laughing, as he scratched “Um” on the blackboard over and over.

The teacher, angry with the child for not speaking clearly, brought the child to the front of the classroom to mock and humiliate him. The boy’s crime was that he stuttered. And that teacher, Richard Parlini, is still teaching at the Queens elementary school where this event—and others like it—occurred.