NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 19, 1977
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(Studio) In 2nd ruling, Supreme Court splits vote 4-4, with regard to sex discrimination suit over separate-but-equal facilities for boys and girls in Philadelphia's special schools for gifted children. In tie vote, lower court ruling stands, so situation ruled legal.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Illness kept Justice William Rehnquist from voting and tie vote doesn't end case, but suggests court has gone as far as it will in sex discrimination cases. Chief Justice Warren Burger announces vote. Case involves claim of Susan Vorchheimer that facilities at Central high school for boys in Philadelphia are better than high school for girls and she wasn't allowed in at Central. Vorchheimer is now University of Pennsylvania student. [VORCHHEIMER - says world is co-ed and opportunity to learn to deal with it should be available.] Decision heats up ERA debate. REPORTER: Carl Stern: No artist given