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May 30, 1980 - Image 14

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Page 14-Friday, May 30, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Second part of
plan presented
to school board


Upgrading the quality of classroom
instruction was the focus of a tentative
proposal presented to a special
workshop session of the Ann Arbor
Board of Education Wednesday night.
The proposal, formulated by a com-
mittee responsible for the development
of a program to improve educational
opportunity, is the second part of a
desegregation plan first submitted to
the board in March.
ACCORDING TO committee chair-
woman Hazel Turner, the goal of her
group was "to identify powerful
generalizations about learning." The
committee was also responsible for
giving the generalizations priorities,
and submitting recommendations to
the board on methods to ensure "an ef-
fective learning environment" for all
children, she said.
Committee member Rachel Samoff
said at the session she believes the
quality of education in Ann Arbor
schools must improve..
According to Samoff, the general
belief of some teachers that certain
children will learn and others will not
must be ended. "The mind set must be
that almost all children will learn," she
SAMOFF ADDED there must be an
"accountability (of teachers) in a per-
sonal sense" so that all instructors feel
a responsibility to provide each child
with the best education possible.

Goals listed in the committee's
proposal include:
* Helping students, parents, and staff
adapt to changes in school composition
resulting from pupil reassignment;
* Improving the skills of instructors,
administrators, and non-certified staff;
" Upgrading the staff evaluation
IN THE hour-and-a-half following the
initial discussion of the proposal, those
attending the meeting divided into four
groups to examine the plan's strengths
and weaknesses, to seek any questions
unanswered by the proposal, and to plot
possible future actions.
Strengths of the plan listed by the
four groups included the importance it
places on student attendance and its
provision for an improved program for
staff evaluation. Weaknesses of the
proposal included its lack of a provision
to teach children strategies for dealing
with discriminatory situations and its
failure to recognize the small number
of black students who graduate from
Dr. Lee Hanson, associate superin-
tendent for curriculum and instruction,
agreed to compile the lists of the four
groups in an effort to assess opinions
about the proposal.
School Superintendent Harry Howard
suggested mailing the final document
and the original proposal to the schools
involved in the desegregation plan to
elicit the reactions of instructors and

Tiniest tot A ht
Russell Williams, who weighed just 1.01 pounds at birth on Nov. 29, 1979,
is held by his mother Pamela at a press conference yesterday at Long
Beach Memorial Hospital in California. Doctors there believe he was the
smallest normal baby ever born in the United States. Williams tips the
scales at eight pounds these days.
Jordan off eritical ist;
condition remains serious



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Jordan offered no clues as to who might
have shot him. Wolfe said Jordan did
not see anyone or any vehicle before
being shot.
"THE LAST thing Mr. Jordan remem-
bers is feeling blood," Wolfe said.
The police chief and Mayor Winfield
Moses said they did not know the
motive for the shooting. Wolfe said
there are no suspects, but said police
have talked to two witnesses, whom he
refused to identify.
Police located a fresh shell casing
from a 30.06 rifle, commonly used for
hunting, in the grassy area neara fence
between the motel and I-69. The grass
in the hideaway was matted, according
to Moses, indicating the assailant had
lay waiting for a long time.
"IT WAS NOT a Saturday night

shooting," Moses said. "It was
professionally executed."
Jordan suffered mainly internal in-
juries from a bullet wound in the ab-
dominal area. Towles said one bullet
entered Jordan's back about midway
between the pelvis and the lower edge
of his ribs.
The bullet apparently hit a bone and
fragmented, parts of it exiting from two
or three small wounds in Jordan's front
TOWLES TOLD reporters he
believed the shot was professionally
"Someone at the operating table
commented that this looked as though it
were a professional job," he said.
Towles also noted that the surgeons had
operated on many gunshot victims.


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