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School Desegregation / Busing #449849

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 17, 1970
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Bypassed Introduction David Brinkley

(Studio) South protesting it must integrate schools more and faster than North Senator John Stennis pushes amendment requiring uniform integration laws in North and South, and to stop busing for racial balance. Nixon seems to be sympathetic to Stennis' amendment. Federal government to put less pressure on local schools. Leon Panetta, in charge of integration resigned or was fired.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) [Senator Hugh SCOTT - no local education agency will be forced to bus to achieve racial balance.] [Gerald FORD - will not force busing.] [Robert FINCH - trying to devise uniform standard across country for desegregation; Department of Health, Education and Welfare never urged busing.] Govs. of Mississippi, SC, Georgia, LA, conferred with Senators on strategy to stop busing for racial balance; hope if North and West faces busing, will stop busing everywhere. [Governor Lester MADDOX - feels there should be neighborhood schools.] [Governor John McKEITHEN - says if busing in Capital, wonders how long it would last.]
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

(Studio) Busing has little support in Congress, would vote against it, but courts order it. Liberals try to head off Stennis with own amendment calling for special committee to study problems of integrated schools.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Reporter(s):
Brinkley, David;
Nessen, Ron
Duration:
00:05:10

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