NBC Evening News for Monday, May 01, 1978
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(Studio) Move said on to refuse diplomas to undereducated students.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(No location given) [Network technical trouble mars video of this report] New England regional teachers' conference featured. Competency testing explained. Legislators said behind move. The system explained. Student failures in Florida noted. [Lawrence STRANGE - believes test good.] [Ora GRANT - feels pressure to pass test after 1st failing it.] [Parent Terry TALLENT - has objections to test.] In Portland, ME, opposition of educators noted. [Assistant school superintendent Peter GREER - talks of problem.] Possibility of 2 competency tests in Portland considered: one state test and one Portland test. Federal competency test shelved. [Representative Ronald MOTTL - notes local objections to federal government involvement.] [CHILD - reads.] Some said urging new teaching methods.
REPORTER: Lee McCarthy
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