Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on June 18, 1970 · Page 6
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 6

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Thursday, June 18, 1970
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Panel told integration works well Associated Press WASHINGTON - integration brought progress, not setbacks, to education of blacks, Indians and whites in a rural Ndrth Carolina county, and the schools saved money by using their buses less, the superintendent said yesterday. Campus unrest passes war as No. 1 problem Gallup Report „., ..--2 J is working well," Supt. Donald D. Abernethy of Hoke County schools, told the Senate Select Committee on Equal Education Opportunity. "We have had no racial disturbance, and I share the conviction of the school board ' that our schools now offer equal educational opportunity to every student and the schools are better than ever before." Abernethy credits the success to the "positive leadership of the school board," which, once committed to total integration in the county of 18,000, he said never reneged. All five board members were re-elected recently, he said. Abernethy said there were typical parental worries about achievement on the part of white parents and keeping identities on the part of Indian and black parents. A study made by two Duke University consultants in language, reading and math helped relieve the fears of the community, Abernethy said. The black students gained a year and a half in education levels during the first year of integration, starting to close the achievement gap between them and the whites, he said, while whites and Indians experienced no negative effects. And, Abernethy said, the race of the teacher made no difference in the learning patterns. "The fact that the black students tended to gain in achievement causes the board to believe that within a few years the average level of achievement of the races will be nearly the same," Abernethy said. Hoke County's population contains 50 per cent blacks, 35.per cent whites and 15 per cent Lumbee Indians. Raeford, the county seat, has 3,500 people, the county school population is 4,850. By GEORGE GALLUP PRINCETON, N.J. - The appointment of a presidential commission to explore the causes of campus unrest comes at a time when the American people name this as the nation's No. 1 problem. Even such pressing problems as Vietnam, racial strife, the high cost of living and crime have taken a backseat to the problem of campus unrest in the public's thinking. Campus unrest never has rated any higher than fifth on the list of problems the American people consider the most important. Vietnam and racial strife have dominated the list in recent years. On June 13 a nine-member commission, to be headed by former governor of Pennsylvania, William W. Scranton, was named by President Nixon to try to determine the causes and consequences of campus unrest. The commission will recommend ways of | assuring peaceful dissent and "help avoid future incidents" of the sort that took four lives at Kent State University this spring, according to the President. For this survey, 1509 adults were interviewed in more than 300 scientifically selected localities. Field work was undertaken May 22-25. This question was asked: What do you think is the most important problem facing this country? Here are the answers: 1. Campns unrest 27 2. Vietnam war (tactadtag Cambodia) 22 3. Otter international problems 14 4. Racial strife 13 5. Hlgfcfljsmifoftg.... j$ «. Polarization of American 'Cemetery' in salt mine planned for AEC waste Washington Post Service WASHINGTON - The Atomic Energy Commission said yesterday it has tentatively decided to build a huge burial ground for the nation's radioactive waste in an underground salt mine near Lyons, Kan. The AEC confirmed that it plans to ask Congress for $25 million in the fiscal year 1972 budget to start the project, which will involve digging burial "rooms" in the salt beds 1,000 feet below ground near the Lyons site. No estimate was given for the'full cost of the burial ground, but one source said it could run as high as $50 million. If the project is authorized by Congress, It will take the AEC three years to prepare the Kansas salt mine to receive radioactive wastes. The first wastes the AEC plans to dump in the salt mine are solid materials that are only lightly radioactive. Later, wastes that are highly radioactive will be brought in from nuclear fuel reprocessing stations and buried. TTie AEC also plans to use the,salt mine to bury long lived radioactive wastes, like the plutonium from the weapons factory at Rooky Flats, Colo., which stays radioactive for as long as 50,000 years. m .... 7. Teentge problems? juvenile delinquency . 4 8. Crime and lawlessness 4 ft. DmgaddKton ...... 8 Others ................. 16 No Opinion ............ .'" jj Table adds to more than (100 per cent because of multiple answers.) In the previous survey on most important problems, conducted in January, Vietnam was the problem named most often, followed by the high cost of living and racial strife. nzona Lighting Center 7ho Brighton Spot In Town Over 1000 Lighting Styles on Display M. l«fc Sir*** ALL EDITIONS Janelg,iwo The Arizona Republic S LIQUIDATION SALE SAVE 20%'»70% FINAL REDUCTIONS On the very finest quality baby furniture. You'll never tee these low-low prices again! We are closing out our stock to the bare walls. We are disposing of top quality baby furniture and equipment and toys. 10% OFF i * AU PHblNlx STORB bNty f • No Returns • No Layaways • No Gift Wrap On All Creative Playthings—Toys BABYLAND PHOENIX: 939 W. Camelback Phone 279-2172 or 279-2694 —Open Thurs. 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