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Brown Bag erie
The Howard R. Marsh Center for the Study of
Journalistic Performance, an endowed center
within the Department of Communication,
again will sponsor a series of Wednesday brown
bag seminars. All are open to the public. Each
will be 12:10 to 1 p.m. in 2040F LSA Building.
Sept. 2 oDelivering Birth Control information to Teen-
agers," Rocco De Pietro, Director of Teen Family Planning
Communication Project
Sept. 26 interviewing: What the Journalist Can learn
from All the Research," Professor Charles Connell, Depart-
ment of Communication and Institute for Social Research
Oct. '10 "B irth of a Nation and Rise of the Klan," Pro-
fessor Frank Beaver, Department of Communication
Oct.24 "Serving the Lotino Community," Chris Segura,
Assistant City Editor of New Orleans Times-Picayune and
NEH Fellow
Nov. 7 "A Frenchman looks at the U.S. Press," Robert
Escarpit, Le Monde correspondent and Howard R. Marsh
Visiting Professor
Nov. 21 "Can Journalistic Ethics Be Taught?" Professor
Dean Baker, Department of Communication



Page 2-Tuesday, September 11, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Detroit teachers reject contract

From UPIand AP
Detroit teachers went on strike
yesterday for the first time in six years,
giving 213,000 public school students an
extended summer vacation and forcing
district officials to cancel classes star-
ting today.
Picket lines went up at 7 a.m. at the
district's 303 school buildings, one hour
before classes were scheduled to begin.
The strike involved about 10,000
teachers and 1,600 non-teaching per-
SCHOOL officials said about 400
teachers - four per cent of the district
total - showed up for work. Some
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12,000 students, or about six per cent of
the district's enrollment, reported to
class, spokespersons said.
Education officials, who opened
schools yesterday despite the strike,
issued a statement late in the day
saying that as of today, students "are
excused from class" until further
A spokeswoman for the teachers
union, which was scheduled to return to
the bargaining table with district of-
ficials yesterday evening, said the
move to call off classes came as no sur-
"WHO WAS THERE to teach?" she
said. "Administrators can ad-
ministrate, custodians can clean and
1 engineers can warm the schools, but
there's really no purpose if there's no
one there to teach."
Elsewhere in Michigan, nearly 8,200
teachers in 23 other districts were on
strike yesterday. Those walkouts kept
some 158,000 students out of the
Those districts were: Flint, Lansing,

Saginaw, Benton Harbor, Albion, Mon-
tague, Northville, Ferndale, Chippewa
Valley, Marshall, Owosso,
Bloomingdale, Brandywine, White
Pigeon, Lawrence, Wyoming, Godfrey-
Lee, Jenison, Holland,'" West Ottawa,
Coopersville, Waverly and Washtenaw
Community College.
IN SAGINAW, where 900 teachers
have been on stroke for two weeks,
teacher union bargainers with cots and
blankets began a sit-in at school ad-
ministra tive offices yesterday and
vowed to stay there until a contract set-
tlement is reached.
Saginaw Superintendent Foster Gib-
bs, meanwhile, warned that the school
board may seek a court injunction to
force the teachers back to work. The
Saginaw strike has idled 19,000 studen-
Most Detroit parents apparently
ignored school officials' request to send
their children to school despite the
strike, the first in Michigan's largest
school district since 1973.
DETROIT Federation of Teachers

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(DFT) President Mary Ellen Riordan,
who had predicted "100 per cent
cooperation" by the union's more than'
12,000 members, said "very few"'
students and teachers showed up-
yesterday morning.
Riordan would not predict how. long:
the walkout might last.
"It is our intention to resolve this
matter as rapidly as we possibly can,"
she said. "Nobody wins in a school
strike that goes on and on."
THE 1973 STRIKE lasted 45 days. In
1967, Detroit teachers staged a 13-day:
DFT members voted by a narrow
margin last week to reject a tentative'
contract agreement that would have
provided them with an average 25 per:
cent pay wage over three years.
Also, yesterday, 650 Oklahoma City
teachers ended their three-week
walkout. In all, disputes involving
40,000 teachers in 12 states were i.
terrupting the education of 800,000
There were rumblings that about
26,000 teachers would stage sickouts at
various schools in Los Angeles, wher
classes begin today, and 3,600 other
were threatening to walk out in San
Francisco, where school starts
despite *
CLEVELAND (AP) - After years of
delays and vows of resistance, Ohio'
largest city began court-ordered
desegregation of schools yesterday by
busing 3,100 pupils to classes. Officials
reported minor demonstrations, som
confusion, and attendance slightly
below normal.
However, William Tomko, principal
of John Marshall High in a white neigh
borhood, said yesterday's experience
"wasn't any kind of test" because not
all students were scheduled to be i
MEANWHILE, in Columbus, th
second-largest district in Ohioa mor
extensive busing plan entered its third
day yesterday with no problems and q
full complement of students in class. In
Dayton, where busing foi
desegregation is in its fourth year, no
mishaps have occurred.
In Cleveland, opening days were
staggered for the various grade level,
with all students scheduled to be in
class by Thursday.
Superintendent -Peter Carlin said a
check of 16 of the 33 desegregated
schools showed 5,210 of the projected'
6,815 students were at their places
yesterday morning.
THAT WAS A 76 per cent turnout at
those schools. On a normal first day, an
85 per cent attendance would be expe-
ted, he said.
In Cleveland, there were mixups on
bus assignments and confusion over the
staggered starting schedule and one an-
ti-busing group urged parents to keep
their children home.
The group, Citizens Opposed to
Rearranging Kids, managed to attraet
about 100 people, 60 of them children, to
an all-day,stay-out-of-school picnic, but
police said there were no major i-

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