'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan's National Commission on Excellence in Education presaged "a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a nation and a people."
Ms. Hawkins said the lyrics to Mr. Greenwood's song - which the singer has performed for schoolchildren countless times since he recorded it in 1984 - could be offensive to people of "other cultures."
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced they support Ms. Hawkins.