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School Desegregation / Mississippi #3799

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 13, 1969
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(Studio) Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Robert Finch orders federal funds cut off from 3 South school districts due to not complying with desegregation standards. The 3 counties are in Arkansas, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Previously, 5 other districts were given 60 days grace to comply with federal standards.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Pope, Mississippi) Black children go to all-black school under "freedom of choice" plan. Know they're not wanted at white school. 95 of 600 black children attend white schools. Black children harassed. Cnty. given 60 days to desegregate. Department of Health, Education and Welfare team visits area. [Department of Health, Education and Welfare Dr. Lloyd HENDERSON - declares dual school system not eliminated by freedom of choice.] [School Bd. Attorney Hill JARRETT - leans toward freedom of choice.] [HENDERSON - feels must have unified schools.] [JARRETT - declares he can't do it all at once in South town.] [HENDERSON - discussed different methods.] [JARRETT - asserts he will run schools without federal grants if necessary.] 20% of budget could be cut.

(Studio) Acceptable desegregation plan must be submitted by Mar. 29.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

North, Don;
Reynolds, Frank

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