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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, October 11, 1979-Page 3
SCHOOL BOARD TO DISC USS DESEGREGATION PLANS
Advisory panel dissolved

Daily Photo by PAUL ENGSTROM
LAST NIGHT Jack Hall, MSA representative, proposed a coalition to seek out a person to represent student interests
and run in the Board of Regents 1980 election.
Students propose coalition to
find 1980 Regental candidate

By NICK KATSARELAS
The Ann Arbor Board of Education
last night formally dissolved the ad-
visory committee created last Novem-
ber to propose plans to desegregate city
schools, and announced it will begin
discussing the various proposals in ap-
proximately two weeks..
Superintendent of Schools Harry
Howard would not speculate on when
the board would vote on their choice of
desegregation plans, but said "it is
unlikely any plan could be implemented
by next fall."
THE CITIZENS' Advisory Commit-
tee on Radical Balance and
Educational Opportunity was disban-
ded after sumbitting to the board 10
days ago six plans for achieving racial
balance in the district.
The committee was created after the
Michigan Department of Education
found that the ratio of black to white
students in six Ann Arbor elementary
schools was in violation of a state
regulation requiring that school
enrollment of black and white students
must not vary by more than 15 per cent.
President of the School Board of
Education Kathleen Dannemiller said
the committee submitted a written
report of their fundings and proposals
last June, and a month later gave a
verbal report to the board.
THE 60-MEMBER Committee was
comprised of students, teachers, com-
munity members, and school ad-
ministrators. Former committee
member Lyndon Welch said the group
was split into ".about eight or nine" task
forces which looked into specific topics,
like achievement tests, housing patter-
sn, and the legal obligations of the
school district.
Welch explained the committee sub-
mitted six methods of desegregation,
plus a report written by the majority of
the members and one composed by the
minority. One of the proposals was con-
ceived from the desegregation plan in
Battle Creek, Michigan, which is under

a similar directive from the state board
of education.
The Battle Creek plan calls fqr the
funneling of more money into achieving
a better quality education, and
organizaing after-school and summer
activities which would integrate both
black and white children. The school
district also promised to raise the level
of achievement scores of the city's
students.
IN RETURN, the-state would not hold
the city responsible for meeting the 15
per cent limit on racial variance, since
the program would indicate not only a
better quality education, but one that
would offer more educational oppor-
tunities as well.1
Welch said some of the other plans
submitted to the board include ad-
justing school boundaries, changing
housing patterns, busing; and setting up
"magnet" schools, which would

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present educational programs "that
are truly interesting and effective,"
and which would encourage enrollment
and integration, according to Welch.
Welch expressed some dissatisfac-
tion with the haste in which the reports
were concluded. "Some members of the
advisory committee were unduly op-
timistic on how soon we could im-
plenent the plans," he said. Welch ad-
ded the committee should have asked'
for one or two more months to complete
its report "so there would have been
more unanimity in the reports."
INSTEAD THE committee was.
unable to calcualte the costs of each
plan, something that will be time-
consuming for the school board, accor-
ding to Welch.
"Misinformation can be very
damaging," explained Welch. "None of
the plans proposed will work unless the
community understands them."

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is not just a bureaucrat. The Democrats have tradition-
ally been more sympathetic to student needs."
MOST OF THE 15 students attending the meeting were
representatives of various politically active groups- on
campus who had been contacted earlier in the week by
organizers.
HALL, THE Legislative Relaton Committee Coor-
dinator of the Michigan Student Assembly, and prime
organizer behind the coalition, told the others that the new
group could consolidate the efforts of their individual
political groups.
"Just., getting students involved we begin to influence
the Regents and other decision-making mechanisms
within the University, just by showing the students can

work together," Hall said.
Every two years, two Regents on the eight-member
board are elected bystate voters for eight-year terms.
Because of the relative obscurity of the office and the
statewide electorate, Regental candidates generally do
not campaign actively throughout the state: -
COALITION MEMBERS said they hope to obtain much
information about running their campaign by examining
a recent election of a student-supported regent at Wayne
State University in Detroit.
The committee members said that along with strong
student support around the state, added backing of special
interest groups, such as the AFL-CIO, is essential to the
candidate's success.

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SALT II hearings close;
officials still question treaty

From Reuter and AP
WASHINGTON - The Senate
Foreign Relations Committee last night.
ended its hearings on the SALT II
treaty amid signs of a potential dispute.
with the Carter administration over
linking the pact to the issue of Soviet
troops in Cuba.
In a final closed meeting with the
committee, Secretary of State Cyrus
Vance and Defense Secretary Harold
Brown warned against tampering with
the new Strategic Arms Limitation

Treaty (SALT II) in a way that might
require new negotiations with the
Soviet Union.
Signaling the administration's
willingness to try to placate senators
seeking military spending increases of
five per cent beyond inflation as a price
for ratification of SALT II, Brown said
the administration's five-year defense
plan will'require annual expenditures
of at least three per cent real growth
and could well, after analysis, require
more."

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FILMS
Arbor Alliance-More Nuclear Power Stations, UGLI multi-purpose
room, 7,8, 9p.m.
Cinema Guild-Pat and Mike, Old Arch. Aud., 7, 9:05 p.m.
Mediatrics-My Fair Lady, Assembly Hall, Union; 7, 10 p.m.
Ann Arbor Film Co-op-14th International Tourhee of Animation, MLB,
Aud. 3, 7, 10:20 p.m., Hollywood cartoons, 8:40 only.
PERFORMANCES
Black Sheep Repertory Theater of Manchester-demonstration perfor-
mance "Open Hearth Series," Pendleton Arts Center, 2nd floor, Union, 12:10
p.m.
Center for Western European Studies-"The Medici" (part one), MLB,
Aud. 3, 4-6 p.m. Parts two and three to be shown on October 12, 3-6 p.m., MLB
Aud.3.
Studio Theater Series-Moliere's "Sganarelle," the Arena Theater, Frieze
bldg., 4:10 p.m.
Guild House Campus Ministry-poetry session with Lou Brothers and
Carolyn Gregory; Guild House, 802 Monroe, 7:30 p.m.
U-M School of Music-University Philharmonia, Stephen Osmund conduc-
tor, Hill Aud., 8 p.m.
The Ark-Ramblin' Jack Elliott, the Ark, 1421 Hill St., 9 p.m.
SPEAKERS
Center for Western European Studies-Thomas Anton, Professor of
Political Science, "Elections inSweden," Michigan League, 12 noon.
Department of- Communication - Michael Schudson, University of
Chicago, "Why news is the way it is," 102 Arch., 1:10 p.m.
Distinguished Senior Faculty Lecture Series-Professor Angus Campbell,
"Well-Being Through the Life Cycle," Rackham Amphitheratre, 8 p.m.
Chemistry-Prof. Stuart W. Staley, University of Nebraska, "Ion-Impact
and Electron Transmission Spectroscopy of Organic Molecules," 1300
Chemistry, 8 p.m.

MEETINGS

Meet with the members of LSA student government surrisulum committee
for input into education, Kuenzel room, Union, 2-4 p.m.
Business Intern Program-mass meeting, Rackham Aud., 7:30 p.m.
Ann Arbor Advocates for Safe Alternative in Childbirth-discussion and
film, "Pregnant Fathers," Wesley Foundation Lounge, 602 E. Huron, 7:30
p.m.
Undergraduate History Association-Rm. 229 Angell, 7:30 p.m.
MISCELLANEOUS
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