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African American school committee members criticize Flynn's school choice plan
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[Controversy over school choice plan]
Original Airdate: 1/16/1989

Length: 00:03:31
Item Type: newstape - edited story master

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Description : Abstract
Meg Vaillancourt reports on controversy over a new student assignment plan for the Boston Public Schools. Vaillancourt notes that minority members of the Boston School Committee spoke out against the plan at a breakfast commemorating the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Vaillancourt's report includes footage of School Committee members John O'Bryant, Juanita Wade, Jean McGuire, and Gerald Anderson speaking to the media at the breakfast. The four Committee members speak out against the student assignment plan. They do not believe that the plan will provide equitable education for all. Vaillancourt reports that the plan was proposed by Ray Flynn (Mayor of Boston). Vaillancourt notes that the plan will allow parents to choose which schools their children will attend. Vaillancourt interviews Flynn. Flynn defends the proposal. He says the the proposal is supported by parents; he adds that School Committee members have been asked for input on the plan. Vaillancourt also reports that Flynn has proposed the decentralization of the Boston School Department. She adds that Flynn's decentralization proposal would sell off the headquarters of the Boston School Department. Vaillancourt reports that minority members of the School Committee may rescind their support for Dr. Laval Wilson (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools) if he supports Flynn's school choice proposal. Vaillancourt's report is accompanied by footage of city and state officials at the King breakfast, by footage of students and teachers in the Boston Public Schools and by footage of school desegregation in South Boston in 1974.

Contributor : Reporter
Meg Vaillancourt
Format : Tape 6256   Barcode   Script is available.
3/4" cassette 102942 
VHS cassette 105219 
Betacam cassette 105200 
digital betacam cassette 105199 

Subject : Keywords
Busing for school integration - General
School boards
School choice

Subject : Personal Names
Anderson, Gerald
Dukakis, Michael
Flynn, Raymond
King, Martin Luther, Jr.
Law, Bernard
McGuire, Jean
O'Bryant, John
Stith, Charles
Vaillancourt, Meg
Wade, Juanita

Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Boston School Committee

Type : Genre
News - Television

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