CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 24, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford sends his busing proposal to Congress
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Ford proposal allows busing to be used as desegregation tool when segregation caused by local school bds. or government agencies. Plan bars busing due to racially changing neighborhoods. Busing orders must be reviewed after 3 years but won't be extended after 5 years except in extraordinary cases. Ford proposes panel of local experts to advise and aid communities with regard to desegregation problems. [FORD - says busing should be last resort and limited in duration. Admin. won't tolerate illegal segregation. Will act against those who engage in violence.] [Attorney General Edward LEVI - says racial balance won't be achieved in every school.] Communities under busing orders wouldn't be affected by Ford's plan until 3 years after it was passed.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(DC) 4 committee chairperson invited to White House briefing refused to go. Chairperson House Judiciary Committee Peter Rodino was willing to go but wouldn't go by self. Congress attitude noted.
REPORTER: Marya McLaughlin
(Studio) Report on Michigan reaction to bill.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Pontiac, Michigan) Buses burned here in protest in September of 1971. 70% of white parents still prefer neighborhood schools. [Busing opponent Irene McCABE - believes proposal is political ploy by Ford.] [Supt. schools Dana WHITMER - says would be difficult to abandon busing in Pontiac.] Silence may not indicate agreement with busing.
REPORTER: Don Webster
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