ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 30, 1971
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(Studio) Controversy in Maine schools reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Waldo Cnty., Maine) Taxpayers order school board to cut budget by 10%. To save money, board instituted 4-day week Bd. got grant to train teachers in individual instruction. Classrooms flexible, informal and noisy. Ea. student has own project. Younger children more receptive to program. For rural children, day begins at 7 a. m. and they get home at 5 p.m. [WOMAN - says children get home at 4:15 p.m.; makes them 15 minutes late for supper; notes chores to do and then homework; points out not much time to play.] [MAN - says 3-day wkend. available.] [2nd WOMAN - says farmers work 7 days per week] [2nd MAN - says teachers better skilled here; states could go to school 7 days week and still not learn if bored.] [3rd MAN - notes doesn't know what outcome of program will be.] 4-day week won't solve all monetary problems.
REPORTER: Don Farmer
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