CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 09, 1968
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(Studio) Teacher strike hits NYC. Dispute over how much community control should be allowed as point of school decentralization. Most of 900 schools closed.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(NYC) [MAN - tells child that school is his and his parents'. Says he'll get education he's been robbed of.] There are some teachers and pupils in classrooms of Ocean Hill Brownsville district of Brooklyn. More than year ago, this community chosen to run its own schools; area school board elected. Bd.'s decision to fire 10 teachers and reopen as scheduled causes controversy. [Teachers Union President Albert SHANKER - says who would benefit if schools opened and mob rule takes over? Worse than strike is to give in to neighborhood pressure.] Community board administration, Rhody McCoy, rejects Supt. of Schools directive that dismissed teachers be reinstated. [MCCOY - says issue is racial.] Film of May 14, 1968, shown. Teachers then prevented from entering district schools. 2 of teachers in original dispute, picket. Cliff Rosenthal and Fred Nauman charged by area bd. with trying to undermine decentralization project. [ROSENTHAL - says would feel bad for Democratic process if not allowed to return to school. We were cleared by fair trial.] [NAUMAN - says interested in going back to school but now it's issue of teacher, human and labor unions' rights.] [WOMAN - says anyone qualified to teach her kids can do it.]
REPORTER: Morton Dean
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