NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 25, 1968
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(Studio) Mayor John Lindsay says school dispute fearful struggle between races. Calls in New York education representatives. Report on issues.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(NYC) Experiment gives ghetto community control of its schools. Teachers went on strike when local board transferred 19 teachers without hearing. [Striking teacher, Mrs. Maureen VIDAL - says struck because couldn't permit teaching career and education to be interrupted.] New York ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) says local board followed regular board education procedures. [President union, Albert SHANKSR - says true. Supt. can transfer teachers but right has never been used. Explains procedure usually used.] [Civil Liberties Union, Ira GLASSER - says fuss never created over such transfers before. If community control comes into being, union power will be weakened.] [SHANKER - says in favor of decentralization and elected school bds. Favor large school districts.] Ghetto residents want children to be taught by those who can relate to children's problems. [SHANKER - says true of some black teachers too. No answer for education cancer. Teachers not properly trained.] Teachers meet Weds.; won't return to work until all teachers reinstated.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker