MIGRANT CHILDREN . . . in Homestead, Florida benefit from Little Rock program Creates Nationwide School District Migrant Children Benefit From State Service LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Arkansas has a computer which, some say, not only saved the life of a migrant school child but also is turning America into one giant school district. An agency of the state Education Department is using computer technology to improve the education of children of migrant farm workers. The Migrant StudejH Record Transfer System (MHSTS), a joint federal and state project, enables 10,000 school districts in 47 .states where migrant labor is used to obtain current scholastic and medical histories of more than 500,000 migrant children. "The nation is really one school district for the migrant. He goes everywhere," said Maxwell Dyer, the system's coordinator. "The computer really puts everybody serving the migrant child in one school district in this nation. So, this system tics the individual school districts together." The, federal government defines a migrant child as one who has moved at least once in the past year and whose parents were seeking agriculture or agriculture-related employment. Dyer said that by using tele- printers linked to a computer in Little Rock, school districts throughout the country can get information on migrant students' academic and health records within hours. Previously, Dyer said, there had been no reliable way for obtaining such information. Now, though, teachers can learn which schools a migrant student has attended, the subjects he studied and grades he attained and his aptitude a n d achievement scores. Health officials also p r o v i d e information on what illnesses the student has suffered and what immunizations he has received. "The problem of educating migrant children is quite complex." said Winford Miller, the system's administrator, "when you consider thai migrant children, on the average, change schools as often as five times a year, suffer an unusually high incidence of disease, and their yearly family income averages from $1,300 to a rare peak of $3.600." Dyer said that since the periods of migration f p r farm laborers do not coincide with the school year, much of the success or failure of educating m i g r a n t children is the responsibility of more than one state. SVSTEM REMEMBERED Many people may remember the system best for the time it helped save the life of a young girl suffering tuberculosis. Dyer said the girl had been enrolled in a Salt Lake City school when she underwent a REPLACE YOUR OLD OVEN COOKTOP HOOD Â·mtom Ni Upo*r Own Â· Too Foil ttz* Own Â· MnnMfa Own Door to lÂ«Â«Â»f OMB Dunowoys Inc. 11 E. Mountain ^st for possible TB. Her family loved to California before the :sults of her test had been de- Â·rmined. A week later, the lest esults came through. She had B. "They had no idea where she as." Dyer recalled. Thanks to the computer tele- 'pe system, though, the young- ter was located in a California ibor camp only four hours lat- The system also helps school dministrators provide more ontinuity in programs for mi- rant children. Dyer s a i d school administ- dtors can study their migrant udents' records and. from iem-, determine in which pro- rams the school needs to in- est .more money. The record system, therefore, ves administrators and teacn- rs a chance for better plan- ing, he said. ACHIEVEMENT IMPROVED Also, t h e computerized ecord-keeping and commutations system has helped mi- rove the scholastic achieve- nent of migrant children, Dyer did. Stereo Theft SPRINGDALE -- G a r y .iangham. 3403 Edward St., told olice that stereo equipment ad been stolen from his home Vednesday night. Missing are an eight track jpe player, turntable, four peakers and 80 albums. Entry was gained by prying pen a bedroom window. Analysis of data from MSRTS las shown that more children now are staying in school longer and that "many attain senior high school levels and some even graduate," MSRTS officials said. Five years, ago, Dyer said, the typical dropout point for school students was the sixth grade; now, he's sure that grade level has risen, but he doesn't know how much. He did say, though, that years ago. 11 per cent of those students enrolled in the migrant records system were 15 and 16 years old, thus indicating that migrant children are, in fact, staying in school longer. "That doesn't mean everyone loves migrants," he said. "But the change has been away from people saying, 'I don't want to see any in my classroom.' They don't detest these migrants any more. They gotten to seeing them as human beings. I've seen them going from unwanted statistics to being recognize; human beings." Dyer said about 5,000 mi grants live in Arkansas and the largest concentration of them is in Central and Northeast Ar kansas. He emphasized that a schoo does not have to be designate* as a migrant project schoo and, therefore, receive money to participate in t h e records system. All that is needed is the help of the state migranl coordinator. Ark Best Corp 8 Amer Tei Tel 46 Ark La GÂ«5 1 Baldwin 10 Campbell Soup 28% Central * S W Â· 14 Chrysler 1Â« Del Monte 19V4 Dillards 1 Easoo Â»V4 A G Edwards Emerson Exxon 71 Ford -. 5 Frontier Air Gen Growth 15% GenMtrs 50 Gordon Jewelry 8 Intl Harv 24% I-T-E Imperial 1 J C Penney 76 Levi Strauss 16% Ling Temco 10VÂ« Marcor 26% Pan Am World Air 3% Phillips Petro 51',4 Pizza Corp 10% Pizza Hut 20 Ralston 4414 Safeway 37 7 ,i Sears 85tt Scott Paper 14% Shakespeare 5% Sou Pac -- 31% Texaco 25V4 Tri State Mtrs 8V4 Union Carbide 40V4 United Air 27V. 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Martin Jr. as confer ence president. NUMBERED JERSEYS FOR JUNIORS Made of sec-through nylon, these jerseys are great for summer. In sizes S-M-L, they ore available in red, navy, bluee, black, purple, orange, green and wine. Saturday Only 5.90 ea. Reg. 7.00 Ea. WHO'S NEST Boston Store III SHOP NORTHWEST ARKANSAS PLAZA -- 10 a.m. til 9 p.m. MettfoeU ArkaniR* TtMK, Friday, Jon* if, 1*74 rÂ»Yrrriv(t,LÂ», 'ryor Influence Made Known Legislative Council Approves Most Of Package LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The .rkansas Legislative Council (commended approval Thursay of most of Gov. Dale umper's. package for the spe- al legislative session. However, there were signs at a move was a foot by ales of David H. Pryor, Demo- -itic 'gubernatorial nominee, thwart Bumpers plans on everal of the biggest items. le council sent several mater roposals to the Joint Budget ommittee without recommen- ation. The council approved the re- uest for $4.5 million to expand e kindergarten program, $1.5 illipn for the state program of roviding free textbooks to high chool students and all of the ivernor's construction propos- s except one. A request for $8.3 million for e University of Arkansas edical Center in Little Rock as sent to the committee with- ut recommendation. The $2 illion Bumpers requested for qiripment at the UAMC got the ime action. No recommendation was ade by the council on these .cms in Bumpers' plans: --$16,790,925 for salary boosts r state employes, public chool teachers and college in- ructors. --$5.2 million to expand the edical program to cover xut 128.000 people considered 3 be the "working poor." umpers told the council Vednesday he thought this was mportant to help working eople trying to avoid welfare o pay medical bills that might therwise add them to the wei are rolls. --11,383.841 to allow the hir- ig of 143 new employes in the ocial and Rehabilitative Serv xs Department. WITHOUT N RECOMMENDATION Apparently by oversight, the ouncil sent to the committee ithout recommendation a re uest for J2 million in addition 1 transportation aid and $200. 00 for distribution to poor chool districts. Since the council had asked he governor to include thes roposals in the call,, council them. Before sending the medicaid proposal to the budget committee, the council made two amendments, which, together, might make the program unpalatable to a majority of the General Assembly and perhaps to Bumpers himself. The proposals would affect the workability of the medicaid. program. One amendment would appropriate $750,000 in state funds and some federal money to increase by $1.50 per day the aid payments to nursing homes for patients who qualify under the medicaid program. The other added about $1 million for expanded prescription drug services. At the request of Rep. Julian Street* of Camden, it also included a stipulation that generic drugs certified by the UAMC as acceptable substitutes for brand names be used. CHANGED POSITION The council first recommended approval of the additional employes for the SRS Department, but, on motion by Sen. J. A. "Dooley" Womack of Camden, changed its position and made no recommendation on these proposals. Streett and Womack were jokingly referred to by s o m e other legislators as part of thi; Pryor administration. The kindergarten appropriation was approved despite some legislative comments questioning the wisdom of so large an appropriation. The $4.5 million would raise to $10,5 million the amount available for kindergartens in the fiscal year beginning July 1. Rep. Paul Van Dalsem of Perryville said qualified kindergarten teachers were not avia- lable in sufficient numbers to staff the kingergarten expansion envisioned by the state Education Department. The legislators made one ma===== tXMRT WATCH REPAIR Jor increase in the amounts recommended by Bumpers. The governor requested $1.2 lillion to equip 10 newly authorized vocational technical schools. The council raised tnc appropriation of the state surplus to $2.2 million and voted to authorize the use of up to $1 million in federal funds if they become available. Bumpers had asked for $400,000 to expand and equip existing vo-tech schools but the council recommended $1 million by proposing that $600.000 be taken from state surpluses. Show Cause Order LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Pulaski County Judge B. Frank Mackey has until July 5 to explain why inmates are being used to work at the Bounty penal farm, according to an order issued Wednesday by Judge J. Smith Henley of U.S. District Court here. Henley ordered the facility closed in January because county officials had not brought conditions up to what Henley considered a constitutional level. Henley's order came after the drowning Monday of two inmates who were on a work detail at the farm. Complaints that led to the closing of the farm included lack of trained guards and use of armed trusty guards, unsanitary food preparation and bedding and the use of corporal punishment on inmates who refused to work. _ SWIFTS HNMtt Galley Returns To Custody At R. Banning COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) Former Army U. 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