CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 07, 1977
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(Studio) Problem of financing school systems reaches crisis proportions in Ohio.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Monroeville, Ohio) Monroeville School is in midst of homecoming week, as school board treasurer Dorothy Miller tallies up bills. Money runs out today. In Ohio, if school system can't pay bills it must close; this is coming close in many systems across state, largely because voters have consistently refused to vote increase in property taxes. And this is how schools get funds. [State school superintendent Franklin WALTER - notes school issue is one of few Ohio voters actually mark ballot about, and that vote against school issue is usual against taxes.] Monroeville voters have voted against issue twice and will go to polls again next week Many who have voted against property tax increase are farmers, like Clayton Houck, who says he's not against public education, but feels property taxes alone are unfair way to finance it. [HOUCK - notes many people work long time to get own house , then almost have to sell it just to pay taxes.] [Monroeville superintendent Don HALSEY - notes government money being spent overseas and for military; says education is last thing people think about.] At present, state legislature must make new laws to change way systems are run; it's now scheduled to go back into session October 19, 2 days after Cleveland system scheduled to close.
REPORTER: Betty Ann Bowser