ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 04, 1977
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(Studio) Shortage of money plagues schools in Ohio; is so bad, that if funds not found soon, schools will close before end of month
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Cleveland, Ohio) School systems in Cleveland and 24 other Ohio sites are in danger of shutting down till end of year Classes at Hicks Elem. School and others in Cleveland system may close by October 15; other 24 systems have already been ordered shut. Adminrs. say only hope is special session of legislature to approve borrowing on next year's budget; legislature to make decision on Wednesday [Cleveland school superintendent Dr. Paul West BRIGGS - cites problems that would result from school closures.] Blame for financial problems in school system here is put on eroding tax base; businesses are leaving area at high rate and taking tax revenue with them and costs of running schools increase Unless legislature comes to rescue, Cleveland students will join thousands of others in United States in last 2 years who have had shortened school years due to financial problems. Officials say system will still be in debt, even if legislature approves borrowing.
REPORTER: Ken Watts
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