Eleven Michigan school districts...six of them in the suburban Detroit area, are tied up in?
sof up full opens: "We are asking for the same...."
ends: "...AND HAVEN'T ANY INDUSTRY."
ends: "...HIGH ENOUGH TAXES IN TAYLOR NOW."
ends: "....FOR THEIR EDUCATION."
(MAGNASYNC FULLCOAT SOUND CONTINUES INTO FRED BRIGGS CLOSER OF :23 ending at 3:27 with "....FRED BRIGGS, NBC News, In Lansing, Michigan."
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Background: Eleven Michigan school districts...six of them in the suburban Detroit area, are tied up in strikes that have idled 25-hundred teachers and more than 65-thousand students. These schools share the same problem with other suburban and small city school districts around the nation: the need for more money.
Taylor high school, in the Detroit suburbs, is typical. Its 7-hundred teachers are striking for the third year in a row, forcing 19-thousand students to stay at home. The school itself is clean, modern and not particularly overcrowded. But the teachers are not complaining about working conditions. They simply want more money.
The starting salary for a teacher here is 63-hundred dollars a year. Police in Taylor start at 85-hundred, and recently won an 11-hundred dollar raise. The teachers want 12-hundred dollar raises. The Taylor school board, already in the red this year because of last year's strike settlement, will probably go deeper into debt on a new contract. But the teachers aren't wavering:
Many Taylor residents resent these demands; some are even picketing the pickets. They see the empty classrooms now..and higher property taxes later....and blame it all on the picketing teachers:
Both pickets and counter-pickets are generally agreed on the unfairness of using local property taxes to finance the schools. State School superintendent Dr. Ira Polley also agrees...and foresees the day when all states will have to change the system: