The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 9, 1976 · Page 32
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 32

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, December 9, 1976
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BIO Palm Beach Post, Thursday, December 9, 1976 I El Quality of Education Declining in Detroit With your talent you can probably make it without any help from us... but we make it easy ! Spending In Many Cuts Affect Schools Cities, Council Notes "They need more basic academic small group settings that the services to overcome economic dep- families provide in middle-income rivation, but we can't afford the areas." l 1 PUZZLED III CHOOSING. A LAWYER? , fabric designs from the world over High quality fabric prints of unequaled color and design brought to you from Sweden, West Germany, Holland and Finland. Graphic wall hangings, pillows galore, personalized Christmas gifts. Expand Your Creativity! 905 U.S. One, Lake Park, in the Greenbriar Mall 845-6466 open 10-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday open Thursday nights till 8:30 during December The Florida Bar now permits Lawyers to be listed under designated fields of practice to permit the Public a more informed selection of attorneys. 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Detroit schools have been plagued for years by school yard vandalism and hallway terrorism, and the impact of this fall's 5 per cent spending cut can be seen from the classroom to the gridiron to the playground : The 236,000 pupils used outdated, dog-eared textbooks. Teachers sweep the floors of the classrooms. A bank sponsors high school football. Reading and math achievement scores, well below the national average for years, are declining again, especially at the high school level. Detroit isn't the only area facing problems in paying for the education of its children. Some schools in Oregon and Ohio, are shut because of voter refusal to approve an increase in property taxes, the source of most local government funding for education. And, at a recent three-day gathering in Chicago of the Council of Great City Schools, the superintendents of the country's 27 largest school districts stressed that they needed money and were looking to the incoming Carter administration to provide it. "We're at a crucial period when education is being labeled as ineffective and, at the same time, monies are being cut," Vincent Reed, superintendent of Washington's public schools, said at the gathering. Money problems are much in evidence in the schools of Detroit, where voters on Nov. 2 turned down a property tax increase for the second time this year. The school system is forbidden by state law from running a deficit and had to cut its $320 million budget rather than borrow. "We've got chaos and turmoil," at many elementary and high schools, concedes one high level administrator. Aaron Gordon, principal of Fitzgerald Elementary School where teachers are still waiting for last spring's shipment of paper and pencils, mused recently: "We went on an austerity budget about six years ago. Then we went to a survival budget. Now I don't know what to call this one." "I call it a starvation budget," said teachers union President Mary Ellen Riordan in a separate interview Public schools here are offering only skeleton educational services. The Board of Education already has had to: Eliminate most specialized instruction from remedial reading to speech therapy. Career guidance is all but nonexistant. Eliminate all extracurricular activities. Eliminate all high school sports, a $1 million budget item, although the Bank of the Commonwealth put up $146,000 for a shrunken fall program football for the boys and basketball for the girls. Eliminate many optional classes such as (elementary level) band and orchestra, music, drama or debate that sparked special interest among many youngsters. Shut down 10 elementary schools, thus overcrowding others. Drastically cut day-to-day custodial and maintenance services. "There is no question that we are not meeting the needs of the students in our district, or in most of the nation's large, urban centers," Supt. 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Rankin said teachers are doing their best to make sound use of every scarce dollar and added wryly that though the efforts should help: "I d like to try money, just once." Detroit is falling further and further behind in per-pupil spending. The city spent about $1,100 per pupil last year while its suburbs generally paid at Jeast $1,600. Philadelphia, another large urban center with financial problems, spent $1,674 per pupil. The national average was $1,-388. City and school officials say the school problems are a major setback in the city's fight to keep middle-income families, both white and black, from fleeing to the suburbs. They report an "alarming" increase in middle-income blacks moving to Detroit suburbs. "Well, obviously parents see the services reduced. If they have the resources, then they take an option they either move to one of the suburbs, or they choose a private school," Jefferson says. Jefferson notes that the pupils are increasingly from underprivileged backgrounds and the student population is more than 75 per cent black. Said Jefferson: "These kids need more personalized and concentrated services, but we don't have the money. "They need better career guidance, but we don't have the Triaminiciri AT GRAY S... VITALIS Mylanta SURE Anti-Perspirant Regular, unscented. 12 oz. DRISTAN LONG LASTING NASAL SPRAY ' ounce. Fast relief. HAIR GROOM L - l- .-J TABLETS Pack of 24. PRESCRIPTION PRICES ARE AS ANTACID 12 ounce liquid iv m ounce liquid. 1 14 7 ounce liquid. CLOSE AS YOUR PHONE v L!R is") I hi o-"S5" i wlofrn liuf 1 1 luaf ) 1 ALL GRAY'S STORES OPEN EVENINGS AND SUNDAYS LIMIT TWO OF ANY ITEM SOLO BELOW OUR REGULAR EVERYDAY PRICE SPECIALS AVAILABLE THHU SUNDAY, OECEMBER 12, 1976

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