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N.Y. Teachers Feel Pressure To Pass Students, Survey Shows

Teachers in New York State are being pressured to give students passing grades, according to a survey released last week by the New York State United Teachers.

Eighty-five percent of the 618 teacher leaders surveyed reported that they were pressured by school administrators; 63 percent cited parents, while 19 percent said the pressure came from school board members.

"It is ironic and unfortunate that at a time when teachers and our nation's leaders are calling for clear and high standards for what students should know and be able to do, those efforts are being thwarted at the local level,'' said Thomas Y. Hobart Jr., the president of NYSUT, the state's largest teachers' union.

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