NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jun 04, 1978
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(Studio) Supreme Court agreement to rule on whether parochial schools must bargain with teachers unions noted. Parochial schools' position that this will cost more money when they have enough financial problems now stated. Financial problems of parochial school in Chicago, as well as other problems, reported.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(Chicago, Illinois) Details given about Providence-Saint Mel's HS, governed by Chicago Catholic archdiocese which now plans to close it, giving incrd. costs as reason. No. of grads. from inner city Saint Mel's that go on to college or trade school contrasted to that of local public school. [Saint Mel's principal Paul ADAMS - thinks there is blatant racism involved also. Notes school is 100% black.] Statement of archdiocese official, who refuses to be interviewed, in response to racism charge reported [Author, Reverend Andrew GREELEY - thinks church has obligation to inner city poor and particularly to educate them.] Efforts by Saint Mel's supporters to keep it alive noted. [Valedictorian Ronald PRICE - says Providence-Saint Mel's is staying alive.]
REPORTER: Jim Cummins
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