NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 10, 1968
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(Studio) New York City teachers union and Bd. Edward reaches tentative agreement. Central issue was that Brooklyn school district refused 10 teachers sent there. Report of 1 of schools that stayed open.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(NYC) School in mostly black Ocean Hill Brooklyn district open. Strike began when this school's board refused to reinstate teachers they fired last year [1 of cleared teachers Cliff ROSENTHAL - says open schools filled with scabs, draft dodgers and militants who have no regard for union and cause.] [Another cleared teacher Dan. GOLDBERG - says would like to go back to work here. Seems American system of justice should operate here also.] Schools staffed with non-union teachers. [Non-union teacher Peter WALLACK - says showed up because principal showed he wanted school open and people were going to run schools.] Another school in district open. 1,100 of 1,800 attend. 89 of 91 teachers there. [Principal Percy JENKINS - says there is element of black pride that keeps schools open. 30-35% Puerto Ricans in neighborhood and they have same kind of pride. Negroes and Puerto Ricans show they're capable of running own affairs.] Schools staying open victory for those who feel locals can rule schools and blacks.
REPORTER: Sidney Lazard