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LANSING (AP) - Detroit Pub-
lic Schools should balance their
books, but not by cutting back on
quality, members of the State Board
of Education said yesterday.
"To turn over educational matters
to accountants would bring education
to an absolute standstill," said
Gumecindo Salas, state board mem-
ber from East Lansing.
Salas said much of the Detroit
schools financial problems stemmed
not from mismanagement but from
the district's desire to provide quality
education to students who have ex-
traordinary educational needs.
Salas' warning came as the board
discussed the recommendations for
dealing with the district's projected
$160 million budget deficit.
The state board informally en-
of Ed allows deficit
'I am really concerned about the financial risk and dire
straits they are in when they are going to run out of
money this school year.'
state board of education member
dorsed the proposals made by a spe-
cial panel a month ago, but put off
its formal vote until today.
Board members expressed
reservations about one of the
suggestions. That was that the Leg-
islature give the state authority to
name someone to take over the dis-
trict's financial affairs if local steps
to handle the problem fail.
Mason said that proposal is
backed in theory, but the board
wants to iron out a number of de-
tails, such as making certain the re-
ceiver is appointed by the state board
rather than the governor and whether
to give the receiver power to
Similar authority also should ex-
ist for all the state's 566 districts,
Board members urged the new
members of the Detroit board to act
swiftly to deal with its financial
problems so that the receivership
step is not needed.
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"I really am concerned about the
financial risk and dire straits they are
in when they are going to run out of
money this school year," said board
member Dorothy Beardmore, of
Rochester, who said the district will
be out of funds in May,
"We in fact have mortgaged next
year's education for 180,000 kids to
a significant degree and everybody
should understand that's what we've
done," said Superintendent of Public
Instruction Donald Bemis.
The special panel that the state
board named to study the district's
financial problems said the district
should ask voters to approve two fi-
nancial measures similar to those
rejected last year. One was a 6-mill
increase in the operating millage and
the other was a deficit elimination
The panel also said the district
should adopt educational goals, look
for ways to trim up to $50 million
in costs, and receive extra funds from
the state to cover the extraordinary
costs of a large urban school district.
The state school board plans to
meet later this year with the mem-
bers to discuss implementation of
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Experts determine location
of bomb on Pan Am 103
LONDON - The bomb that blew up Pan Am Flight 103 on Dec.21
ruptured the fuselage area of the cargo hold just ahead of the wing, and
probably contained Scmtex plastic explosives, authorities said yesterday.
"Initial examinations have established that the explosive device rup-
tured the fuselage on the left side in the area of the the No. 1 cargo-bag-
gage hold just forward of the wing," said a bulletin from the Air Acci-
dents Investigation Branch.
It did not say what explosives were used, but Transportation Secretary
Paul Channon said it was "very probably, but not certainly, Semtex."
Semtex, made in Czechoslovakia, is a powerful plastic explosive that
is difficult to detect and is believed to be available to several terrorist
Although Czechoslovakia denied it was Semtex that blew up Flight
103, it is sending four experts to Britain to assist the investigation.
Soviet vote remains limited
MOSCOW - Yesterday Communist Party leaders dampened expecta-
tions of multiple-candidate elections in March by nominating only 100
candidates for seats in the new parliament - the same number of seats
party members will vote for.
Historic political reforms passed into Soviet law Dec.1 said,
"conditions would be created for nomination of an unlimited number of
candidates." Because only 100 candidates were nominated, party members
will have no choice when they elect their 100 deputies.
President Mikhail Gorbachev has repeatedly promised that the March
elections would be part of the "democratization" of the Soviet Union. He
was referring to the other national organizations which have been
empowered to directly elect deputies to the congress. The Communist
Party is the only legal political party in the Soviet Union.
S&L insurance cuts urged
WASHINGTON -- Yesterday President Reagan's advisers recommended
curtailing deposit insurance for bank and saving and loan accounts,
triggering swift negative reaction from Congress and the Treasury
In its final report to Reagan, the president's Council of Economic
Advisers said reducing protection for depositors would encourage them to
more closely "monitor the financial health" of the institutions holding
But the Treasury Department, through Rep. Chalmers Wylie of Ohio,
senior Republican on the House Banking Committee, promptly distanced
itself from the latest proposal involving the troubled savings industry by
saying, "Curtailing deposit insurance is not an option and will not be
Wylie said that the S&L plan being developed by Treasury Secretary
Nicholas Brady will be presented to President-elect Bush by about Feb.
Jet engine fire reports differ
LONDON - Investigators said yesterday that one engine of a Boeing
737 had fire damage, while the other was inexplicably shut down before
the aircraft plunged into a highway embankment, killing 44 people on
Fire evidence turned up in the left-hand engine, although the pilot of
British Midland Airways jet had told ground control it was in the right-
hand engine, Transportation Secretary Paul Channon said.
Aviation experts thought it unlikely the captain could have confused
the two engines, and one pilot said the fire warning system may have
been at fault.
Asked on Independent Television News whether pilot error might be
involved, Chahnon said: "I don't rule that out, but . . . it would be un-
wise of me to speculate on that until we've got further information."
The jet crashed beside England's main M1 north-south highway after
reporting engine trouble. It undershot the runway while attempting an
emergency landing at East Midlands Airport in central England.
Rep. has beef over cheese
A Wisconsin legislator proud of the state's dairy heritage is urging a
national fast-food chain to promote specials on cheeseburgers as well as
Democratic Rep. Mary Hubler wrote Burger King officials that she
was concerned that the chain was offering reduced prices only on Whop-
pers without cheese and regular hamburgers.
"In the Dairy State, Burger King should be promoting their sandwiches
with cheese and taking an active role in the overall promotion of the dairy
industry," Hubler said.
A Burger King official said his company wasn't discriminating against
"We try to rotate the specials, and a number of them have involved
Whoppers and cheeseburgers," said Tim Thorpe, marketing manager in
Burger King's regional office in Minneapolis.
"Our franchises in Wisconsin are well aware that they are in the Dairy
state," Thorpe said.
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