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Corpus Christi Times (Newspaper) - July 31, 1975, Corpus Christi, Texas How Students Picked for Busing RV DON RftnMAM HP QPPC OHAH in nracoftrntinn fl ft By DON RODMAN Staff Writer If the children on your block and in the next block are to be bused across town under the computer assignment plan it tells you two things about your neighborhood First you can be sure you live in a map grid that is almost exclusively either all Anglo or all minority group members And if you live in one of the 23 Southside grids marked for busing it is probably because you are in the closest grid to the Westside with almost 100 per cent Anglo student population A busing foe who decided to use his energy trying to minimize what busing there had to be Dick McCracken sees a lot of good and some bad in the computerized assignment plan he helped design He sees good in the preservation of many neighborhood schools on both sides of the city and in the low number that wiil have to ride buses to school He looks with anguish at the Casa Linda Houston and Lexington zones where the neighborhood schools have been wiped out He has explanations for the closing of Wilson School and for the selection of scattered grids that will be involved in the busing McCracken says that because of the computers method of figuring average distances the school districts check is likely to show that a few hundred more than the 1500 students going across town will be eligible for free transportation Joking that he isnt sure its possible to find anything good in the busing order McCracken said seriously that tlie strongest point in This is the second in a series on how a computer assignment plan was developed There will be another look at the computer committee in the Friday Times the plan is that in sheer numbers it will mean the busing of far fewer students than in any other plan yet proposed He estimated that the school districts pairing plan now being discussed again may mean the busing of 10000 students if Grades 1 and 2 are included You have none walking more than a mile but 10000 arebeing bused he said You can see the sheer insanity of it when you compare it to 1500 being bused One child being bused upsets me totally And then there was Wilson the Sunday morning surprise for Lamar Park Pope Place and the Southside The neighborhood school is being closed The explanations of why Wilson was picked and which grids were assigned across town run together What wewere designing the computer model to do McCracken said was minimize students to be bused to minimize total miles to be walked by all students to assure the best usage of physical facilities and to generate some equity in sharing of any required busing We knew there could not be zero busing and still meet the courts guideline its just a mathematical impossibility So the goal was to minimize the number to be bused and See BUSING Page IOA School in wrong part of town corpus Christi Vol CORPUS CHRISTI TEXAS THURSDAY JULY 31 1975 56 PagesPrice 15 Cents For Now Cox Sticks Com By MARY ALICE DAVIS and NICK JIMENEZ US Dist Judge Owen Cox emerged from a conference with attorneys in the school desegregation case this morning saying that at this point he is still committed to the computer desegregation plan He said he had looked at the Corpus Christi school boards two alternate proposals filed with a court clerk last night but had not yet had a chance to study them carefully Cox said during the morning conference in his chambers We talked the whole thjing out as far as lawyers No conclusions were reached he said Asked if he were still sold on the computer plan Cox said yes and added 1 signed an order and that is still the final order That order was for implementation of the computer plan He said another order could be expected but not today James P Wolf of Houston an attorney for the plaintiffs declined to say which of the three plans now on the table he preferred But he did say the boards two alternative plans are the best theyve ever presented Wolf said he planned to confer with his clients now starting with Jose Cisneros Those meeting with Cox this morning also included school attorneys Richard Hall and J W Gary and Justice Department attorneys Richard Johnston and Steve Clark The Justice Department is an intervenor in the case on the side of the plaintffs Cox on Saturday ordered into effect a computer assignment plan calling for reassignment of about 10000 students in Grades See COX Page 12A Unemployment Here Hits Record By GRADY PHELPS Business Wriler The jobless rate in the Corpus Christi metropolitan region jumped to a record 89 per cent in June breaking a 16yearold unemployment mark The old record was set here when the Navys Overhaul and Repair Department closed and threw many civilians out of work in 1959 James Westley manager of the local office of the Texas Employment Commission reported thai June unemploymem took a 12 per cent increase a major rise The May jobless figure for Nueces and San Patricio counties registered 77 per cent coming down slightly from 79 per cent in April Last months unemployment total compared to 67 per cent of the work force in June 1974 The TEC estimated the number out of work at 11100 an increase of 1600 from May The local jobless count is pretty close to the national average of 91 per cent for June In Texas the overall jobless rate last month was 69 per cent Unemployment reached 88 per cent of the work force locally shortly after the old shut down in the late 1950s This had been the yardstick for measuring bad economic times until last months unfavorable work report The TEC however noted that several factors contributed to the big June unemployment change here The main cause was the large influx of students hitting the labor market for parttime jobs This summer load had been anticipated but it was apparently more than See JOBLESS Page 12A in the TIMES today Many persons believe that very young children can be drownproofed by the proper instruction To prove it closely supervised children as young as 2 years old are learning to save themselves this summer Story on Page 1D Action Line Bridge Comics Crossword DearAbby Deaths Editorials Entertainment Et Cetera Golden Years IB 4C 6E 2D 2D 6D 2B 8E 3D ID Heloise Horoscope In Corpus Christi Junior Art Contest Sports Tagliauue Tempo TV Scout Want Ads Weather 6E IB 7E IE IE ID 9E 6D Partly Cloudy Hot Winds SE 818 Average FoodStamp Family Income WASHINGTON AP staff of the Senate Select Nutrition Committee said today the average income of a household thai receives food stamps is a year In a report released today Who Gets Food Stamps the committee staff said only 3 per cent of the households getting food stamps a year ago had beforetax incomes of more than In other words the staff said 97 per cent of the recipient households had beforelax incomes less than 510000 After taxes 97 per cent had annual incomes below with 77 per cent of the total earning less than a year it said The staff report was released as a prelude to the appearance today before the Committee of Assistant Agriculture Secretary Richard Feltner to discuss the foodstamp program and proposals by the Agriculture Department the White House and different coalitions of congressmen to revise it Chairman George McGovcrn DSD Archbishop Makarios leaves the pgdium after addressing the European Security Conference in Helsinki Just before the Cypriot leaders speech the Turkish delegation walked out of the hall Story on Page Argentines Abduct Man Second Time BUENOS AIRES Argentina AP Guerrillas kidnaped a British executive today for the second time in two years af ter shooting and wounding his chauffeur and two bodyguards police said The same man identified by police as Charles Agnew Lock wood was kidnaped June 6 1973 and freed after payment of a multimillion dollar ransom Police sources said Lockwood 67 was seized about 20 miles northeast of Buenos Aires when gunmen traveling in several vehicles intercepted his car on a highway The attackers then seized Lockwood and pushed him into another car said in releasing the study that he would support revisions to eliminate from the program families which do not need the aid Budget estimates for the program for the current fiscal year project an ultimate cost of about 568 billion assuming up to 22 million recipients compared with 126 million in November 1973 Then in November last year industrial layoffs began to push two million new recipients on the rolls from outside the usual core of povertystricken welfare families Total participation now is about 20 million at a daily cost to the government of nearly million in benefits alone The staff report also said that USDA statements earlier this year that there were errors in 561 per cent of the cases examined are extremely misleading The staff report said clerks made half the errors and in the end 12 per cent were actually ineligible because of under income standards Crash Kills 26 A Taiwan jetliner carrying 75 persons including two Americans crashed during a blinding rainstorm in Taipei today killing 26 persons Three foreigners were among the deadbut it was not known if any Americans were victims During a second attempt to land a wingtfp of the plane struck the ground and the plane skidded off the runway and broke into three sections
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