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School board endorsement: Vote HRP

'THE OUTCOME of Monday's
school board elections, with
three seats at stake, will deter-
mine the tenor of the city's
school board in the coming year.
The issues involved here-
community control, busing and
e qu a1 educational offerings,
racism and sexism, student
rights and power-as well as
the role the board should take in
setting policies and educational
programs make this election im-
portant to the entire community.
Regrettably, many students
are unaware of the general
function of the board and the
issues of this campaign. We urge
students to vote in this election,
however, to express their inter-
est and concern in the local
school system.
The Daily has examined the
candidates' positions and goals,
We believe the three Human
Rights Party candidates-Curtis
Holt, Gretchen Groth Wilson
and Sonia Yaco-would fill the
vacant seats well and guide the
city schools on a reasoned and
innovative path.
Our school b o a r d needs
The present board lacks mem-
bers who are committed to a
fresh and innovative approach
to the many problems of the lo-
cal school system. We encour-
age the election of qualified
candidates possessing a deep
knowledge of the schools, a sen-
sitivity to the issues, and a sin-
cere commitment to change.
We therefore endorse the
three Human Rights Party can-
didates. Their varied back-
grounds and interests represent
a broad spectrum of community
concern. The platform to which
they are committeed, further,
outlines specific proposals to ef-
fect sorely needed changes -
including the elimination of
racism, sexism and tracking.
For example, the concept of
a tripartite board marks out a
move towards effective com-
munity control. The boards,
composed equally of students.
parents and staff, would gov-
ern individual schools, while
the city-wide board would set
general policy.

women for administrative posi-
tions, hiring more male elemen-
tary school teachers and elim-
inating textbooks which stereo-
type sex roles. The input would
prod the board to maze a firm
commitment in this area.
She supports the tripartite
board to provide an avenue for
real community decision-making
input. She emphasizes, too, that
the city-wide board must initi-
ate programs and set guidelines
for the administration and

Though he would undoubtedly
support innovative programs he
does not offer a sufficiently dis-
tinct and fresh approach of his
own to school problems.
S* * Y*
qualified candidate with an
excellent knowledge of the city
school system.
She is a firm supporter of in-
creased community involvement
and programs to eliminate ra-
cism and sexism.
However, she is not firm
enough in supporting meaning-
ful change. Although she con-
demns the student advisory
board as "ineffective," she re-
fuses to support Yaco's can-
She advocates broadening of
the decision base, but stops
short of totally endorsing the
tripartite board concept.
"If we get schools so decen-
tralized, I wonder what it does
to them," she says.
HENRY JOHNSON, vice pres-
ident for student services, says
he is running for a second term
to render "the educational ex-
perience meaningful, innovative
and h u m a n e." Humaneness,
Johnson believes is "respecting
each other as humans with our
own needs, minds and aspira-
Johnson, says the school
board has not had "such a great
record" in recruiting teachers
and administrators from minor-
ity groups. He terms the system
of tracking "invidious".
He does not believe the tri-
partite school board would be
a workable structure. "The
problem with taking decision
making to the lowest level is
that you can't spread it that
Johnson supports busing if
necessary to give children "ac-

cess to educational resources
and a multi-ethnic experience."
We find four candidates unac-
ceptable to serve on the school
servative who supports rigid dis-
cipline policies. "When a rule
is broken there must be consis-
tent and prompt action," he
This position denies due pro-
cess to students, who, we be-
lieve, deserve fair hearings by
their peers.
He believes in. the unrealistic
concept of "neighborhood
schools," which he defines as
"close enough so that the young-
est children are within walking
distance." If the city were to
follow Dukes' policy, there would
have to be a school on almost
every block.
to lack an understanding of the
realities of education for stu-
Martin supports the rigid sys-
tem of tracking as an educa-
tionally valid practice. Her be-
lief that children need and want
a structured learning environ-
ment would block desperately
needed innovation.
She also believes that students
have no place on the board.
Blocking off students from the
decision making process cuts off
an invaluable input on the prob-
lems of city schools.
Martin feels "there is no dis-
crimination against girls in the
schools. Some teachers like
girls; some like boys. That's just
the way it is." This stand is not
only reactionary, but unrealistic
and totally unsatisfactory in
view of current social needs.

CECIL WARNER seems more
concerned with the political
maneuverings of getting re-
elected than what he will do it
he returns to office.
He says he is running "on his
record" and his experience as a
professional businessman.
Warner opposes busing. "The
only one who benefits from bus-
ing is GM," he contends. He
supports a "multi-ethnic" edu-
cation in which students study
"lifestyles and contributions of
various cultures." Advocating
the study of other cultures,
however, is no substitute for
real interaction within a multi-
ethnic educational experience.
Warner opposes the idea of
the tripartite school boards say-
ing "If someone wants to be in-
volved they can run for the
ed teacher, opposes busing to
achieve racial balance. She says
this system implies that blacks
must be with white children to
learn. We cannot accept this
position. We consider it impor-
tant for children to have the ad-
vantage of a multi-ethnic,
multi-racial education.
These endorsements were written
by Jan Benedetti and Linda Dreeben.
Letters to The Daily should
be mailed to the Editorial Di-
rector or delivered to M a r y
Rafferty in the Student Pub-
lications business office in the
Michigan Daily building, Let-
ters should be typed, double-
spaced and normally should
not exceed 250 words. The
Editorial Directors reserve the
right to edit all letters sub-

Gretchen Wilson
Wilson believes the board
must give more support to black
studies programs and provide
funds to insure implementation
of these programs. Because she
has taught a course on white
racism at the University, she
would be a valuable resource
person to help institute such
courses in the school system.
YACO is an extremely mature
and insightful ninth grade stu-
dent whose input would be in-
valuable to the board.
She has been active in the
student movement at Tappan Jr.
High and throughout the city,
and serves on the powerless
Student Advisory School Board
as well.
State law prevents Yaco's
name from appearing on the
ballot, although as a student
she represents a constituency
which has perhaps more interest
in the workings of the school
board than any other single
We believe a symbolic vote
for Yaco serves a good purpose
in reminding those in power
that personsshould benable to
determine and control the course
of their own lives.

Curtis Holt
HOLT would be a fine addi-
tion to the school board. He
would spur the board to make a
firm commitment to eliminate
racism from the schools.
Holt has worked in several
levels of the educational system
as a teacher as well as within
the local administration.
The meaning oft"radical" is to
deal with the root.
In the best sense of that word,
Holt is a radical who would deal
with issues openly and honestly.
Holt also endorses the tri-
partite board as a "step in the
right direction" toward mean-
ingful community control.
Like the other HRP candi-
dates, Holt is bound to a specific
platform which would create
basic and needed changes in the
WILSON, a doctoral candidate
in organizational psychology, is
an exceptionally qualified can-
She speaks articulately about
eliminating sexism in the school
system, condemning the board
for not recognizing sexism as an
issue. She advocates hiring more

Letters to The Daily
,,other viets perhaps CARES would want to teacher who sought the CARES
listen to these candidates and endorsement finished last and far
To The Daily: then decide on endorsements. behind in CARES balloting.
THE END of a political cam- But CARES would have noth- How sincere is CARES in its
paign always seems to bring out ing to do with this. Instead, they call for unity of progressive vot-
the worst in the Ann Arbor Demo- endorsed their slate in advance of ers? Are its politics progressive?
cratic Party - this time in the any HRP decision. Hardly an in- Are its methods? The open meet-
guise of the "liberal" CARES vitation to cooperation. ings of HRP were forced to con-
slate for School Board, elude that the answers to these
In last minute letters and leaf- IT WAS no surprise to HRP questions made an HRP cam-
lets they have spread a campaign members who attendedCARES paign necessary and desirable.
of distortion against the efforts meetings. For there was little Frank Shoichet
of Human Rights Party candi- talk thecc of ot alliance with ra- '75 Law
dates Holt, Wilson, and Yaco. dicals-only of a "liberal to mod-
Na'ilE: 'Tlis is as indiida sIt -
Certainly the most insulting crate coalition". And if further NET and does sant necessarly rpe-
charge is that HRP's efforts will proof was needed, the radical sent the position of HRP.
keep progressives off the School
Board. We thought we'd see the
end of this rather pitiful excuse
for a platform with the recent
City Council elections.
Not only do the HRP victories
discredit this argument, but so
also does the political stance of Edited and managed by students at the
the CARES candidates them-
selves. Are they "progressive" Universify of Mithigan
when they can't or won't agree on
a binding, specific platform? Are Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual
they "progressive" when they re- opinions of the author. This must be noted in all reprints.
fuse to commit themselves to the
concept of community control of_
the schools, but instead murmur SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 1972 News Phone: 764-0552
-vaguely about more "input"? Are
they "progressive" when their
candidate, Henry Johnson, refuses NIGHT EDITOR: ROBERT BARKIN
to hack the rights of studemtts to EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR: ROSE SUE BERSTEIN
trial bykptherghtsodistriuetoASSISTANT NIGHT EDITOR: DIANE LEVICK
trial by peers or to distribute po- PHOTO TECHNICIAN: DAVID MARGOLICK
litical literature in the schools?
CARES isn't bound to anything Summer Staff
progressive and has only its can- BOB ANDREWS ..... .......................Asociate Sports Editor
didates' alleged reputations as OBERT BARKIN . . . N ht Edi
JAN us...a..'_sNigns Ediois
"highly sensitive people" to re- ROSE SUE 'EcTI t. O-Editos
commend itself. DANIEL BORUS . Sports Night Editor
THE MOST insidious charge is ROBERT CONROW .. Boos dor
that HRP sent "the" HRP candi- LINDA Y GAN.......PE......................... NighsEditor
aENNY GANasEc .................. P oto. septy Editoc
date to CARES for an endorse- ANDY GOLDING Bsineso Manager
ment, but in the "flush of vic- MERYL GORDON Assistant Night Editor
tory" after the City Council elec- ARRYC us son TsEaCtes t.l er
flnHPargnl eie o StaERRY KASTLE..............o.... iclaonManager
tion, RP arrogantly decided to KAREN LAAKKO Classified Manager
run three candidates. No mention ELLIOT LEGOW ........ . Sports Editor
is ever made by CARES of the ARTHUR LERNER .... Co-Editor
follwgfacts.A'DIANE LEVICK Assistant Night Editor
following asDAVID MARGOLICK.. . . . .. Photographer
One person who sought the SHEILA MARTIN .. . General Business Assistant
CARES endorsement was also JIM O'BRIEN .. . . Science Editor
seeking the HRP label. HRP CHRIS PARKS... Night Editor
members told CARES that an NAL YR SNBAUM.. .....S:sssant Night Editor
open party convention would have ROLFE TESSEM.. . . . . . . Photographer
to decide its relation to CARES PAUL TRAVIS........... Night Editor
and would have to make a deci- GARY VtLLANI. .Photogsophe
sin n ha cnddaestoru.JIM WALLACE .... ............. ..... ,...... Potographer
sion on what candidates to run. DEBORAH WITING..........................irculation Assistant
After these decisions by HRP, CAROL WIECK........................General Business Assistant

Sonia Yaco
Ronald Bishop, Nancy Brus-
solo and Henry Johnson demon-
strate knowledge of education
and the school system. However,
their proposals seem less spe-
cific and we wonder whether
they would initiate far-reach-
ing changes as readily as the
HRP candidates.
RONALD BISHOP, an incum-
bent, is sensitive to the prob-
lems of the schools. He is a
sincere opponent of the track-
ing system and would work on
the board to eliminate sexism
and racism in the schools.
We consider Bishop, however,
a lackluster candidate.

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