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Wednesday, September 11, 1991
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X JJ. IJ 0-2 on offense Bengals' defense doing OK B Reds beat Dodgers, 6-0 Tyson to turn self in today Section D VMRP signs on Wacky radio family resumes broadcasting with a new crew B-l inton mistrial Defendant assaultedE-1 Trade talk Wooing Sister CitiesE-5 Gordon Jump Mykelti Williamson Tawny Kitaen !Ttt CMC MM A HP iNimil Jul FINAL35 - i -r ( l v . fv ! ( :" ;A 7MAI1 Eoardl OK cuts for eowQ later $ 1 0 million to be sliced from offices Plan targets teachers, all activities v;:v.v;., -J!" .. . : u- f . : v. , iv M 1 ' . ! (,i i t ' N f 1 P. I r . J 1 f : i jt f ' 'J' ' I ' A ' ' F . . . V- ' V1 till, ,,.,! , 1.1 . - - I IHIIIIIlBh OH 'i.-J " ' i iii UTTn h i T itftiuMflTi 'T i Ti iliii n i in ii J BY MARK SIEBERT The Cincinnati Enquirer The Cincinnati Board of Education Tuesday authorized $33.5 million in budget cuts over two years that include laying off at least 100 teachers, eliminating all extracurricular activities and severely curtailing student transportation. The massive budget cuts outlined take effect July 1, 1992 unless the district can convince Cincinnati voters to pass a property-tax levy before then. A 9.83-mill levy is on the Nov. 5 ballot. These latest cuts coupled with $15 million already cut from the budget this school year and next would in some instances reduce the school district to providing services to its 51,000 students at state minimums. Under the plan, 106 teachers, 200 instructor assistants and more than two dozen security personnel would be out of jobs. Gone would be money for athletics and student clubs, all summer school, new social studies texts and the Western Hills Adult School. Alternative programs would be reduced by 10. Bus service would remain only for students living farther than two miles from school rather than one mile. School supplies and equipment would have to be cut by 25. "It's really unthinkable imagining the schools trying to limp through this kind of devastation," said Tom Mooney, president of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers (CFT). Administration took its lumps, too. The plan submitted by Superintendent J. Michael Brandt called for $10 million to be cut from administration. While the specific administration cuts (Please see PLAN, Page A-4) BY PATRICIA LOPEZ BADEN and LINDA DONO REEVES The Cincinnati Enquirer In the first concrete action to come from the Buenger report, Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent J. Michael Brandt said Tuesday he will slash $10 million from administrative costs over the next two years. Brandt said the cuts would be "the first tangible evidence to voters that we are making a commitment to reforming this district." School board members, at their first public meeting since the report was released last week, gave a unanimous thumbs up to its recommendations and told Brandt to report monthly on his progress. Brandt said he will begin setting up meetings with Buenger commission members to further analyze the 14,000 pages of documents that went into the 18-month study. He also said he expects to release a list of short-term priorities by the first week in October. The Buenger report is a scathing, private-industry assessment of the city's public schools. Criticizing the district for bloated administration, obsolete systems, wasteful business practices and crumbling school buildings, it recommends a major overhaul. Among the proposals: Pare down and decentralize administration; set up a system of minidistricts in which principals and teachers have greater control; and modernize business operations. It also recommended cutting back on vocational education, which it said was emphasized at the expense of basic skills in reading, writing and computation. Brandt said the administrative cuts recommended in the Buenger report will The Cincinnati EnquirerJoanne Rim School officials meet publicly Tuesday for the first time since the Buenger Commission report was released. From left: CFT President Tom Mooney, Superintendent J. Michael Brandt and board President Robert Braddock. the overall lack of community involvement. ' ."While I do not agree with everything in the Buenger Commission report . . . rather than tear them apart and vote on them piece by piece, we should implement them as they legally occur," board mem- (Please see REPORT, Page A-4) November fails. However, Brandt said, he will go ahead with the administrative cuts even if the levy passes. Board members Tuesday praised the report, although some said they have reservations about individual proposals and become part of the district's $33.5 million budget reduction plan for the two years beginning July, 1992: Those cuts adopted by the board Tuesday are needed to forestall a $45 million projected deficit. Most will not go into effect unless the levy proposed for k,v. ( Thomas dodges senators9 bullets Supreme Court nominee now calls previous statements 'musings' I H i . ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES WASHINGTON Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas opened his confirmation hearings Tuesday by backing away from his controversial past statements on abortion, natural law and economic rights, saying they were merely the musings of a "part-time political theorist." After beginning his testimony with a moving account of his poverty-stricken childhood in segregated Pin Point, Ga., by his grandparents, Thomas tried to dispel notions that his conservative views put him outside the judicial mainstream. Thomas acknowledged a constitutional right to privacy but stopped short of endorsing abortion rights and disavowed some of his past statements on natural law, a theory that humans enjoy inherent rights not written into laws. said it would be inappropriate to answer. "I do not think that at this time that I could maintain my impartiality as a member of the judiciary and comment on that specific case," he said. Thomas mentioned his grandfather and mother several times during questioning. Part of the White House strategy is for Thomas to talk as much as possible about his rise from poverty. Sen. John Danforth, R-Mo., defended Thomas as a "fiercely independent" man with no ideological agenda: "He will never become a sure vote for any justices on the court." Liberal opponents accused Thomas of "confirmation conversion" for distancing himself from past statements. "He's running from his record so fast he's out of breath," said Judith Lichtman of Women's Legal Defense Fund. "I don't see a role for natural law, or natural rights, in constitutional adjudication," Thomas told Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.( the panel's chairman, describing his previous speeches and writings on the subject as intellectual meanderings. Biden asked Thomas why he had praised an anti-abortion article by conservative businessman Lewis Lehrman as a "splendid example of applying natural law." Thomas insisted that his speech to the Heritage Foundation was simply to win conservative support for using natural law as a rallying point for "aggressive enforcement of civil rights." "You leave me with more questions than answers," Biden said angrily at the end of his questioning. Asked by Biden whether he thought the Constitution protects the right to abortion, Thomas, as expected, The Associated PressJohn Duricka Clarence Thomas is sworn in at the hearing. Sisterly love: Richer than money 1 L 111 Five sections. 151st year, No. 155 Copyright, 1991, The Cincinnati Enquirer n Tempo Television B-5 Comics B-6 Puzzles B-7 Classified ...B-8-10 P Metro Lotteries E-2 In brief E-2 Obituaries E-4 Bittersweet cereal news How about a little cereal with your sugar? Chances are, you're getting a lot of flash and little substance when you buy a box of one of the hundreds of cereals aimed at children. That's what The Enquirer discovered when it asked dietitians from the local Center for Cholesterol Research to analyze the nutritional content of 230 breakfast cereals. Ten of the cereals contained more than 45 sugar by weight. The sweetest along with their low-sugar counterparts are listed on Page C-l. NationWorld Digests, weather A-2 World A-5-6 Nation A-11 Healthscience A-ll-14 Sports Scoreboard D-2 Baseball D-4-5 Digest D-6 Football D-6-7 Classified D-8-14 Business NYSE E-6 NASDAQ E-7 Mutual funds, Amex. E-8 the Assumption School sixth-grader said. "I took a little fork and got it (the money) out. He's my brother. He means a lot to me." She'll be honored by the department with an Air Care bear today at a 2:30 p.m. presentation. Robert Koch is in fair condition in Good Samaritan Hospital where he is undergoing long-term physical therapy, speech therapy and rehabilitation. "He's on the rehabilitation floor, which means he's doing good compared to what he was," Christie said. She and her brother are very close, Christie said. "Every day I always think about him," she said. "He can't remember everything so I remember things he can't." BY WILLIAM A. WEATHERS The Cincinnati Enquirer It was only $6, but it was all she had, and 11 -year-old Christie Koch sent it along with a thank-you note to the hospital that saved her big brother. Robert Koch, 21, was critically injured in a car accident in June. "I love him so much. I had to do something," Christie of Springfield Township said Tuesday. Christie emptied her piggy bank and sent the contents to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery, with a letter thanking Air Care, University Hospital and Dr. Harry Van Loveren for saving her brother's life. "Five dollars or $6, that's all I had," E-9-18 Classified Food What's for dinner C-2 One and only cook C-3 Guilt-free recipes C-6 The Cincinnati EnquirerKevin J. Miyazaki Christie Koch holds a photo of her injured older brother, Robert. Weather: Sunny and mild. High today, 79. Low, 60. Details on Page A-2.

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