Abuse from a principal may not rise to the level...

Abuse from a principal may not rise to the level of bullying. It depends on the circumstances and repetition, experts say. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

As a retired public school educator, I'm happy about various improvements in public education for teachers and students ["Cuomo revives tax credit push," News, May 13]. As a senior scared by the moral decline in American society, I fear for my children and grandchildren as well as their generations.

Much of the decline in moral standards can be attributed to those who undermined Jewish, Protestant and Catholic parochial schools of yesteryear. The United Federation of Teachers union leaders, 50 years ago, discouraged teachers from working in parochial schools of all faiths to deter reductions in "professional salaries." They felt that parochial schools were giving education away for free.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's tax-credit push may inadvertently compensate for the harm to society accomplished by those public educators who took it upon themselves to interfere in parochial education.

James P. Gough, New Hyde Park

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