CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 18, 1968
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(Studio) Report on New York City school strike involving Ocean Hill-Brownsville school district.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Issue is who shall teach ghetto children. Volunteer, Ronald McFadden, shown teaching. Local school board fired 13 union teachers thinking it had control. Union wants community control experiment ended. Non-union teachers teach at local school. [CHILD - reads from Malcolm X textbook on black slavery.] 7 of 8 students here 2 years behind normal reading levels. [Nonstriking teacher, Steven TARSHIS - cites failure to give children education they need.] [Non-striking teacher, Sylvia VAUGHN - says seen teachers reading newspapers instead of teaching.] [Non-striking teacher, Edgar MORRIS - wants to be accountable to community. Nobody gets fired in city school system.] [Non-striking teacher, Everard BARRETT - says any incompetent teacher should be fired. Great many of our teachers are incompetent; that's why a lot of them are afraid.] Picketing union teachers accuse non-union members of being hypocrites. Union says teachers can't be dismissed without due process. Only 12 teachers fired in past 5 years Some of teachers at local school threatened by other teachers, students and local residents.
REPORTER: John Laurence
(NYC) [Union Observer, Lawrence ROBBINS - describes threats.] [VAUGHN - says nothing met other than verbal abuse.] [ROBBINS - says 1 teacher punched. Cites more threats.]
REPORTER: Jim Jenson WCBS-TV
(NYC) [BARRETT - says we've reacted to harassment, not done so.] [Assistant Principal, John MANDRACCHIA - says many feel blacks and Puerto Ricans victimized by mis-ed. What happens to these children?] Issue emotional.
REPORTER: John Laurence
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