The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 17, 1968 · Page 85
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 85

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 17, 1968
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- "s " -j r -m tl-..4-.., i.r. ... ...rf -.- mi..i-ri.nii-i.n ' ' - - - - r lJS' " Beach Undeveloped 400 Feet Of Seagrape And Underbrush Access To South Beach From SR A1A Blocked By Jungle - Like Growth Controversy Continues To Flood Beach Stretch Controversy surrounded the original purchase. And controversy has continued to swirl about the property ever since. It was put on the auction block twice before. But, as in the forthcoming auction, the city reserved the right to reject "any or all bids," and twice before has so rejected them. Devoid of any improvement, PALM BEACH POST-TIMES FEATURES-CLASSIFIED Sunday, Nov. 17, 19G8 PAG E 1 Luxurious Condominium Next Door To Beach Property .'Jjj! 1 .-,fiy mmsk . . ,--s J Delray's South Budget Squeeze I Feared I TALLAHASSEE, (AP) -Former House Speaker Ralph Turlington says costs of phasing in kindergartens and increasing the homestead exemption to senior citizens could mean trouble as the Legislature strives to right the already teetering state budget. Turlington, U-fJainesville, speaker during the 1967 session, said the Appropriations Committee will do its best to balance the budget despite claims that the state will wind up $2(K)-$;i(Kj million in the red. "We're going on the assumption that that's not true and we'll seek to operate within existing revenues," he said in an interview. Meanwhile, Ftep. James Sweeney, D-DeLand, said his Finance and Taxation Committee will try to come up with some extra money by studying the report of the Tax Reform Commission. Turlington said he intends to spearhead "the most thorough over-all appropriations evaluation In the history of Florida." The first thing the committee will do is seek to pinpoint the areas where significant policy decisions will have to be made about spending, he said. "We're going to be highly concerned about any new programs," he said, "There are some areas, such as the Judiciary, where they've got to have a certain number of judges and state attorneys and so on, and it's just a matter of math for the committee. "But there are other issues like Medicaid a multimll-lion dollar program that require decisions. And this is the only committee where you can get an overview of fiscal affairs." Health and welfare programs and any changes in school plans will also be considered carefully, Turlington said. Turlington said the committee Is limited to an extent because 56 per cent of the state's general revenue Is spent by the 67 county school boards. "Are we going, to continue programs with a lesser level of support, the same or greater level? Unquestionably we'll make some changes," he said. "But, generally speaking, I doubt if there'll be a reduction in the amount of spending on a perpupll basis." The problem of phasing In a 13th grade in the public schools kindergarten so that it will be complete in five years as the Legislature planned is bound to complicate matters, he said. "It's a significant growth factor" that will add to the expense of schools, the appropriations chairman said. He said the provision in the new constitution which allows the Legislature to raise the $.),000 homestead exemption for citizens over 65 could drastically affect school revenues In some areas. For example, he said, Charlotte County has the second-highest proportion of senior citizens who pay property-taxes In Florida. "We're going to be very concerned and Involved In any ad valorem tax changes," Turlington said. Sweeny said the Finance and Taxation Committee will have to wait and see what Turlington's committee does before it looks at new ways to raise substantial tax monies. But he said that, when a consultant's report to the Tax form Commission is submitted in about two weeks, the committee will begin holding public hearings In different cities to get citizens' reactions to any proposed changes In the taxing statutes. . . i-L. . TT' T T T TTT.J T TTT T I T T 1 .. -, irt S 1HTfk" candidates for two City Council seats. Retention of the "south" beach had been something of a campaign issue until last week's announcement that the City Council had voted for the Dec. 5 auction. The general city election will be held Dec. 3. Meanwhile, there is this perfectly good stretch of unused beach . . . SECTION 'A 0 4" I' V, ' ,V' tiously though. At first some thought the interpreter-student relationship would bud Into romance, but not so. Carmen and Franco have kept It on a strictly business level. Carmen seems to prefer her dolls, and Franco likes nothing better than to build a good building. Battle thousands of children spending the days at home, pla- lng football In the parks or .oam-lng the streets. Lack of communication, parents' disinter est and parental support of the s'rlking teachers keep many out of classes. Many parents tried to enter their children In private schools, but most of those were filled. Some even tried to get them Into schools In communities outside the city. Hardest hit have been high school seniors who, even If they could cram enough to pass college entrance exams, couldn't get into their schools to get grade transcripts or principal-teacher recommendations. Applications for state and city colleges also were locked up In guidance counsel-, ors' offices. the 400-foot stretch of beach is Immediately south of the Banyan House condominium on S. Ocean Boulevard. Adjoining the city's underdeveloped "south" beach on the south is another 100-foot strip of undeveloped land under private ownership. Tuesday, city voters will go to the polls to choose In preliminary voting among eight V'' She is using the same technique with Franco and just recently moved them to different tables so that he could learn English on his own. Although Carmen sometimes has to put on her interpreter's hat again, Mrs. Hall said Franco is beginning to use some English, a little cau Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney and Guggenheim, have declared free admission for school children for the duration. Most have instituted special week-day classes for pupils of various age groups. Many children whose schools were closed went Into open schools outside their neighborhood Including 150 from other districts attending schools In the Ocean Hlll-Brownsville District. In a mainly Negro section of Queens, where schools are going full blast, children who normally are taken by bus out of the district for purposes of Integration have moved into the schools In their neighborhoods during the strike. In spite of all the efforts on so many fronts, there still are 1 By PAUL PRICE Bureau Chief DELRAY BEACH - There is no guarantee that the city will sell its "south" beach when it comes up for public auction on Dec. 5. Mayor Jack Saunders, the only avowed City Council champion of retaining the beach, said last week that there was "nothing else to do" than offer the land for public auction after a cash offer was received. The Palm Beach real estate firm of Studstlll & Hollenbeck offered to buy the property for $450,000 for a group of unidentified clients. The city paid just over $400,000 for the 400 by 410-foot parcel of oceanfront property In early 1966. mm 1 co through the voice of Carmen, who translated simple instructions to him In his native Spanish. Carmen adapted to her role as interpreter easily because she understands Franco's problem. She also spoke no English the district superintendent said there had to be a minimum of 10 teachers. Finally, he agreed to open the school If the sit-ins would leave. Starting with only two teachers, the school now has 31 licensed teachers many from other schools which still are closed and Is giving Instruction to more than 500 children. The children of a school In Pego Park, Queens, are going to classes in 24 different apar tments, from 20 to 25 youngsters to a living room, working on card tables and getting their hot lunches right from the family kitchen. In some they even set up the flag during class hours. About 1.200 Staten Island high school students are going to college Staten Lsland Community College and Richmond College and cramming for college entrance examinations a f iiT" " She Patiently Waits To Find Out If He Understands Carmen Translates Teacher's Instructions To Franco Carmen Helps Hurdle The Language Barrier By CAROLE ANN FINKLEA Stuff Writer Kindergarten is hard. With learning to print and recite the alphabet and having to build all those blocks into a shaky tower, a fellow could get year-old Carmen Rojas, formerly of Cuba and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vicente R. Rojas of 3412 N.Olive Ave. Mrs. Mary Hall, kindergarten teacher at St. Ann's parochial school In West Palm Beach, spent the early part of the school year ttaching Fran New Yorkers Respond To Education when she enrolled at St. Ann's Kindergarten last year. Mrs. Hall, who knew a smattering of Spanish, taught her class in both English and Spanish until Carmen began to pick up English words and phrases. or scholastic aptitude tests. College students and professors are aiding regular high school teachers In the program. One Staten Island high school Is using three churches and an unused theater for classes, with separate programs for bright children and for those who need remedial work. Libraries and banks serve as distribution points for homework assignments mimeographed by PTA ladles on Staten Island, while many Queens children arc going to the entrances of their locked and picketed regular schools to pick up assignments. They spend a week working on the homework, then bring it back and pick up assignments for another week. A score of museums, Including the Museum of Modern Klndergqrten is even tougher if you don't speak any English, like five-year-old Francisco (F'-jjneo) A. Blanco, son of Mr. and Mhc''?. Blanco of 1216 Florida Ave. Take heart. Franco, who speaks only Spanish, has a personal interpreter five- the Negro and Puerto Rican Oceanhill-Brownsvllle experimentally decentralized school district in Brooklyn. The racially bitter issue of decentralization of local schools has become a roadblock to settlement of the walkout. It began Sept. 9 and twice was resumed after apparent settlement. Churcnes, temples, community centers, "Y's", private homes even an old movie theater have been taken over by the children and their teachers And the teachers may be regular teachers working without pay, parents, or even, for some lucky high school students, college professors. A fireman is the "principal" of one emergency school in a Staten Island church, and a real principal was at one time the only teacher for 70 kids after he opene his Queens school single-handed. Parents and nonstriklng teachers have managed to get about 100,000 children back Into regular classes In their regular schools. To do it they fought their way through union picket lines, and past principals and district superintendents who supported the strikers, and custodians who refused to unlock school doors or turn on lights and heat. One group, calling themselves "Concerned Parents," got Into Greenwich Village elementary school at midnight and sat in for three days. The Board of Education said the school was broken Into, but the parents' version Is that one man climbed through an open window and opened the main door to the others. During this time, two non striking teachers tried to get the school opened legally, but NEW YORK (AP) From museum curators In their Ivory towers to aproned Queens housewives In their living rooms. New Yorkers are responding to a state of emergency the battle to educate the children during the city-wide teachers' strike. While 55,000 teachers are officially on strike, and a million children are officially out of school, hundreds of thousands are learning in one way or another. They are attending emergency classes, taking museum tours and nature walks, watching special television programs and picking up homework assignments in libraries or banks. The predominantly white United Federation of Teachers struck the city's 900 public schools originally in a demand for the reinstatement of 79 union members ousted from 1

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