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A Closer Look (State of Our Schools) #183705

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 11, 1999
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The debate over how to spend money on the nation's schools reported; Education Department statistics cited.

(No location given: Michele Norris) The sorry state of the physical buildings housing the nation's public schools featured; scenes shown from the Ashley River Creative Arts School in Charleston, SC, which is falling apart. [Principal Jayne ELLICOTT, teacher Judi BAILEY, two STUDENTS, Charleston County associate superintendent Michael SULLIVAN - outline the problems at the schools.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Myrtle Beach: James Walker) The debate in South Carolina over whether property tax dollars should be spent on development or education examined; scenes shown from Myrtle Beach, North Carolina. [Burroughs and Chapin Company CEO Doug WENDEL - cites jobs.] [Horry County Schools superintendent Gerrita POSTLEWAIT - says the project will take away school money.] [Economist Douglas WOODWARD - says the trend is to take tax money away from schools and give it to businesses.]

Jennings, Peter;
Norris, Michele;
Walker, James

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