Citizens' Group Suggests a
Closing of Jones School
A citizens' committee this sum-
mer asked that Ann Arbor's Jones
Elementary School be closed to
correct "racial imbalance."
The group asked that its 200
students-over three fourths of
them Negro-be transported to
other city schools.
Its recommendation, now under
consideration by the local board
of education, received support
from most of the 300 people who
attended an open meeting called
to discuss the problem. Supporters
of the plan made two claims:
--Children attending the school
receive a poor education. Various
citizens at the open meeting men-
tioned "incompetent" teachers,
low academic records achieved by
their children, racial prejudice
and one Jones teacher's rejection
of a child the teacher termed "in-
capable of learning."
-Jones is a case of "de facto
segregation." The local unit of the
National Association for the Ad-
vancement of Colored People con-
tended that "in a society domin-
ated by white people, the welfare
of Negro children forced to live
and learn in a segregated environ-
ment will be adversely affected .
Nothing short of full integration
as equals can reach into the hearts
and minds of Negro youngsters in
a way which will repair the dam-
age segregation has already done
to their sense of personal dignity
and their motivation to succeed
and develop their capacities."
A spokesman for the Washtenaw
County Conservatives, George F.
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against closing of the school. He
said the closing is "a most radical
departure from normal procedure"
and would involve "damaging"
psychological effects upon chil-
dren who would attend schools
outside their neighborhoods.
One citizen lauded the neighbor-
hood school concept and claimed
that closing Jones school would
destroy the identification and
loyalty which close-by school af-
ford. But a second citizen thought
it would be beneficial to break
down neighborhood lines in order
to achieve city-wide integration.
Other advocates of closing, men-
tioned related economic factors-
high rents in Ann Arbor and the
inability of Negroes to move out
of the Jones district.
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DEBATE ISC ACTION:
USNSA Meets at Minneso
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gathering on the University of
The debate on Southeast Asia
will center on whether the United
States should pull out and seek
neutralization of the area or ex-
tend its commitment, carrying the
current war into North Viet Nam.
When all delegates' opinions
have been heard on the question,
the NS body will pass a resolu-
tion voicing the stand of USNSA.
Statements on major national
and international issues are one
of the most controversial func-
tions of USNSA, which was orig-
inally established in 1947 to rep-
resent American students in in-
ternational student organizations.
Since 1947, USNSA has expand-
ed into serving the student gov-
ernments of member colleges with
information, holding conferences
and seminars for campus leaders
and conducting various fund-rais-
ing drives to help students
throughout. the world.
Voicing student opinions on.
larger issues did not begin until
1960, when the NSC adopted a
resolution on "The Student and
the Total Community." The docu-
ment stressed the close connec-
tion between political and social'
a c t i o n and the educational
The association's National Ex-1
ecutive Committee, comprised of
student government presidents,
had the power to issue interim+
declarations when the NSC was
not meeting. Last year this power
was taken away and the NEC's
Reform did not, however, pre-
vent USNSA's International Com-,
missions from sending a sympa-
thetic telegram to Panamanian
students regarding the trouble be-
tween America a n d Panama.
There is likely to be little dis-
agreement among congress dele-
gates about the content of the
telegram, but the fact that mem-
ber schools were not notified of
the action until a month later will
probably precipitate a floor fight
over the commission's policies.
Another issue involving the in-
ternational commission is its in-
volvement in a June meeting of
the International Student Con-
gress, an anti-Communist organi-+
zation of student unions from
across the world.
The commission was expected
to urge ISC, of which C
a cornerstone, to adopt
setting down basic princ
requiring a national stud
to agree with those pric
fore it could join. Sinc
has been accused of
manipulate ISC, such
could precipitate a splil
and have important e
The NSC is also likely
other internal question,
from last year's reform
-A possible motion ti
ber schools elect conga
gates directly instead of
ing them through thei:
-Requiring a full yea
cussion on any given iss
the NSC will vote on it a
The regional plan di
nation into 22 areas.
composes one full region
and University delegate
a similar move at last ye
Equally as importan
NSC will be consider
USNSA's future emphe
ious upper-echelon offic
the association to pull a
commitments to the ci
movement, and that mo
require a new commitm
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