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Teacher Strikes / Michigan #442244

NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 06, 1968
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(Studio) Walkouts and boycotts occur in United States resulting from racial disputes. Report on example.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Michigan) Il Michigan school districts of which 6 are in Detroit suburbs tied up in strikes. 2,500 teachers and 65,000 students out.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

(Taylor, Michigan) Taylor Mississippi' 700 teachers strike for 3rd year 19,000 students out. Starting salary for teachers $6,300 year Police get $8,500 and recently got $1,100 raise. Teachers want $1,200 raise. School board in red. [Union President Rollie HOPGOOD - says asking for almostavenueof other Wayne Cnty. districts. Interested in new means of financing education. It's now unequitable. (SIC)] Many residents picketing against teachers. [Parent Mrs. Esther KOSTICH - says disgusted with teachers asking for yearly raise when they don't deserve it. Some mothers have said children just as dumb as when they went in so why should teachers get more money. Can't afford strike each year] Both groups opposed to property taxes to finance schools. [Michigan School SUPT. - says Michigan and other states will eventually have to assume all financial responsibility for education. Will take some years]
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

(Lansing, Michigan) State legislature still tackle problem 1 district at time. Maybe more strikes will bring changes closer.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

Briggs, Fred;
Huntley, Chet

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