NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 29, 1977
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(Studio) Newly signed regulations with regard to nondiscrimination against handicapped will be far-reaching.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Los Angeles, California) Whitney High School in Los Angeles is for handicapped; new regulations say it's discriminatory and some students say they'd rather be in regular schools. [Debra RUFFIN - would rather be in outside world, not shut off.] Monetary problems involved with changes noted. Schools principal Henry Schmoll was once student here and agrees with HEW in theory, but notes major problem. [SCHMOLL - says local taxpayers can't fund changes, federal government will have to do it.] Students so severely handicapped they couldn't make it elsewhere, would be sent to private schools at public expense; student Steve Hess says he doesn't want to leave and believes many others feel same. [HESS - doesn't think students want to leave place where they're happy and go to atmosphere where people are cold to them.] 1 thing Hess feels he'd lose in public school is sports designed for handicapped.
REPORTER: Rick Davis