CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 19, 1978
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(Studio) 2nd in series of reports on plight of middle class in American is on reaction of these people to rising prices and taxes.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(NYC) Attempts in Cleveland to get voters' approval of higher taxes in order to help school system's troubled finances noted; tax proposal's rejection and probable court-ordered busing as reason stated. [School board pres. Arnold PINKNEY - thinks voters' were stating opposition to desegregation and their money being used for busing.] Middle class objections to government actions described; reactions reported Ex. cited is meeting in Fresh Meadows, Queens, New York, called to protest federal demands for ethnic census of school district's school children. [WOMAN - says government has power to blackmail district if it doesn't do as it's told, because government can refuse tax money to district] School board's rejection of federal aid offer for job program for poor youths, who are bused into area, reported; section of letter to President Carter quoted. television editorial reply shown. [Board president William CAULFIELD - says middle class children just as entitled to summer jobs as youthful offenders and potential dropouts.] Ex. of middle class family cited is that of Dan and Florence Barber, their 3 children and dog Coffee; is noted that dog was bought after burglary. Family lives in Bellrose. [BARBER - says his area doesn't have facilities for young people that other areas have without parents' support because area is supposedly affluent middle class. Feels system biased in favor of poor.] Case noted of divorced school teacher in nearby Reago Park who can't afford to send son to college on her own and can't qualify for aid. [WOMAN - can't afford to live and provide necessities for children, much less afford college or sickness. Is told she makes too much for financial aid; can't understand it.] [Harvard University spokesperson Jerry GIBSON - describes drop in enrollment of middle class students.] Program adopted by Harvard, similar to those in use by other schools, to help middle class parents with college expenses outlined; continued drop in middle class enrollment noted. [El Segundo, California, housewife Nicky WISLOCKY - cites middle class values she sees disappearing. Says something must be done now.] Upcoming report outlined.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton