NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 01, 1976
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(Studio) Justice Department writes bill to limit what federal courts may do to end school desegregation [sic], through busing and other means. Department spokesperson says bill would limit courts to correcting official discriminatory acts of school bds. End of year of court-ordered busing in Louisville, Kentucky, and adjacent Jefferson Cnty.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Louisville, Kentucky) Male High School graduation pictured. 222 blacks, 2 whites graduate. Srs. this year exempted from integration effort. Class reflects racial make-up of school neighborhood. All grades to be desegregated next year Program cost $4 million this year 10,000 rode buses. Busing bitterly opposed. September, 1975, film of busing disturbance shown. Attendance off more than 50% for 3 mos. Many returned. Troy Lintelman stayed out of school, then returned. Experiences cited. [Trudy LINTELMAN - says son did not earn better grades. Standards were lowered due to blacks.] Blacks believe quality of ed. raised by busing. [Willie GRAY - says majority of blacks believe advantages out-weigh disadvantages.] [CHILD - reads aloud.] Many whites entered private schools. Shively Christian school featured. [Pastor Shively Baptist Church Don GRICE - tells of large enrollment.i Public schools lose students and moral support of taxpayers. Cnty. schools predict $15 million budget deficit, due to desegregation costs and other factors. Tax incr. out of question, so expenses cut. 200 teachers fired. Some subjects cut out. [Jefferson Cnty. schools superintendent Ernest GRAYSON - believes school system is hurt.] Expansion of programs now impossible.
REPORTER: Mike Jackson
(Studio) Interracial education is emotional issue. Louisville school system gives standardized tests to all students. To measure quality of education. NBC to report results of tests.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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