NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 21, 1968
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(Studio) New York City police begin slowdown, demanding more pay. Mayor John Lindsay calls situation grave; says it complicates school crisis. Says teachers' strike incring. racial and religious tensions. Teachers' union demands return of white teachers ousted from black and Puerto Rican Brooklyn school. School controlled by local board
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(NYC) Non-union teachers of Ocean Hill-Brownsville district kept school open. Marguerite Fletcher quit union after 7 years; likes teaching in community controlled school. Rebecca Taylor, 25, hired because she agreed with area control. [TAYLOR - guesses there were some teachers here who didn't want to teach black children. Can't work with blacks if don't understand their culture. Some wanted to do good job but were unable to do so. Teachers who don't do good job here would somewhere else. They undermine staff morale and don't work well with children.] Teachers and supporters rally at City Hall Thursday [Striking teacher Sherry MENDELSON - says decentralization must be done properly by people who know what they're doing. Must be people who are interested in children and education, not selves and own power.] [Striking teacher Mrs. Beth RUBENS - says power pols. taking advantage of black people. They want separate eds.] [Striking teacher Mrs. Beverly WEISER - says dignity of teacher at stake. Can't take away right to dissent.] Many black and Puerto Rican parents unhappy with children's education. Blame board of education and teachers. They'll do whatever they must to change system they feel has shortchanged them.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker