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Journal my name he said. Tonight a unique new school for young women in trouble with the law prepares to open in the South Station area. Elementary school kids in Hingham learn how to watch and to make TV programs. Steve Guptill former Channel 7 News reporter talks about his new job as Elder Affairs secretary And finally there's money around for people who want to improve the looks of their neighborhoods. All of that right after the local news.
The state government of Massachusetts has a new leader Edward King former head of the Massachusetts Port Authority officially took the oath of office today as a 66 the governor of Massachusetts. King who was elected to office with the support of a coalition of business and labor concerns promised a can do pastor to his administration in his inaugural address before a joint session of the legislature King outlined four specific objectives to revitalize the state's economy. Those four objectives include reforming taxes developing energy resources easing government regulations and cutting crime. Things that he would accomplish those objectives without permitting any increase in human suffering.
The governor said quote No child no elderly or handicapped citizen no family which is unable to sustain itself will be deprived of the essential needs for a decent and healthy existence. The NWC P was dealt a major defeat yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Walter Skinner. The black civil rights organization filed suit against the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for not ensuring that blacks have an equal chance at jobs and housing in the 36 million dollar Boston Redevelopment Grant. The end of a lazy piece auto enjoin disbursement of the money until such provisions were provided for However a judge going to dismiss the suit saying the organization lacked standing to challenge the grants skinners decision is likely to be appealed to the Court of Appeals. As one of her final acts as state banking commissioner Carol Greenwald yesterday released cumulative figures of an Affirmative Action study. And three hundred and five state commercial and state things banks and releasing the information Greenwald charge that women at all levels of management in Massachusetts banking are paid far less than men for performing the same duties. Greenwald who will take a position at the Harvard Business School in February said her survey disclosed that the salaries of male officers at banks averaged 32 percent more than women's in the same job groups. She accused the banks of failing to recruit women with educational backgrounds necessary for advancement to top jobs. The same survey Greenwald used in her findings was sent to the United States Department of Labor which investigates the affirmative action records of U.S. chartered banks. The Labor Department returned the survey to Greenwald without comment. Three weeks ago Ruth reported on the journal that Boston University would raise its tuition by more than 11 percent to forty seven hundred dollars according to a confidential interim report leaked to the BUA exposure. At that time was Christianson public relations director of the university discounted the exposure figures saying they were based on premature internal working papers and that the real figures could be higher or lower. The University officially announced its tuition today and those figures indicate that indeed the exposure figures did underestimate the tuition increase be used and will pay forty seven hundred and twenty dollars for a used to which in next year an increase of four hundred ninety dollars or eleven point three percent. No one knows how many kids in Boston aren't going to school the public schools have a 6 percent dropout rate but that doesn't count kids who never went in the first place or who are enrolled but never go fountains is the only estimate I could get. Project Yes the Boston plans Youth Employment Program is trying a unique way of dealing with this problem. They are funding 14 new alternative schools around the city each of them run by a community group like families and friends of prisoners or youth services agencies like the Advocacy Center and female offender Resource Center. These last two about whom you'll hear more a little later are sponsoring a school only for young women aged 16 to 19 and with a history of some kind of court involvement either because of family problems or minor criminal charges. Sharon Palmer a young Roxbury woman who has been to juvenile court with her mother several times for running away and who was a school dropout will be a student at the school.
Me and my friend Michelle were both the same and we was both and very great together. She's an 11. And I'm in the UK and I was on some going on seventeen you know. You know. I just I just don't feel right you know when I write when I get a piece of paper. I try to really I feel so bad you know and I'd be like X my friend. Spell this bell back for me. You know I asked how bad I feel. It's hard for me to face my friends.
This new women's school doesn't have a name yet and won't until after it opens. Head teacher Conny breeze plans to call a meeting with the students to choose a name together as well as to decide on the school's rules. Democracy will prevail in the curriculum as well. Each student will have a chance to decide what it is she needs and wants to know about. Rees is looking forward to combining classes in basic skills like reading and writing and arithmetic. With studies in women's history black history or international cultures.
If for example Sharon were to do a special project about the way. You know she's from Jamaica So if you wanted to do a project about the way women in Jamaica live.
Well if you did they get $25 a week down there the whole pay and you know they'd like the TVs of $400 TVs $400 James Corden way $50. Oh boy.
Yeah well I was going to say about when I gave that example about here learn something bad to make or there might be 50 or 20 words that she needs. To share with us what she's trying to say in the maybe words that she knows but she doesn't have a bell so the notes become your vocabulary words for the week and they become things that you you. Learn immediately because you're interested in them.
More so than me just giving you 20 words as they learn these students will spend three hours in the morning at the school which is in the South Station area and four hours each afternoon at a project yes funded job. Recent an effort to provide the students with strong role models has lined up jobs in a number of women controlled businesses and community centers. The Boston YWCA and the feminist new words bookstore for example. He's also feel strongly that a women only school will enhance the learning environment. And Sharon Palmer has a similar opinion.
Like women all they can they can really get to do what they want to do like a few men come. That will really blow the attention will go to the man instead of the sort of the work. You know because they're for women. Women see a nice looking man Rocky or she'll be going to four. We look at that.
You know that's why it's I like I like I think this is my opinion I like I like being around women more than men. It's not that at me I'm gay or anything it's just that I feel more openly freely around women because you could talk.
While you beat me up over this that you know kind of I was having a women only school going to. You think is going to affect education in the school people learning women learning meeting women learning math women learning all those kind of basic things.
I think it's going to let everybody help each other out a lot more. Basically you know if someone comes in here and they read like a second grader. I think they'll be more likely to say hey I would like a second grader and I'm ashamed about or I haven't got what I needed or I'm not ashamed about but I want to get better.
Women tend to do that more and more women groups because we don't have them who are going to rush older deciding how we should be the sponsors of the school the Advocacy Center and the female offenders Resource Center have been working for years to help young women in trouble providing runaways truants and first offenders with counseling school and job training referrals as well as foster homes when needed. Their purpose in opening a school is to house all their services under one roof in a continuing attempt to divert female offenders as they put it. That is give young women a chance to get on their feet so they won't end up in Framingham women's prison on a petty theft charge.
Connie priest I'm not going to for a minute save the school actually will keep somebody out of prison. But. I have found that the women who go to prison are women who. I have not got a hold of some of the basic tools it takes to survive educational tools or job tools ways of just figuring out their way around the world and one of the things that a school program. And job program like this can do is you know get somebody on the road to providing the kind of tools it takes so that you can get out there and get control of your piece of life in the world.
Sheryl. Well it will help me find my gold and you know keep me out of a lot of trouble I mean really lot of trouble to keep me from arguing my mother should be pleased with me that as she knows I am going to school every day working and coming home give her like $10 a week to help and I think this program really helped me a lot. You will find what I want and help me to make something out of my life. Instead of a bomb.
Sharon Palmer soon to be a student at a new school for young women dropouts runaways and first offenders. The school will open on January 16 who will be following its progress dropping in from time to time to see how Sharon her fellow students and her teacher County breeze are fairing. Next time you hear from them they'll have a name. There are some things in this world which cannot be disputed. One is the children of this generation grew up with television. The other is that television exerts enormous influence on our lives. So it seems perfectly normal that an elementary school would teach television as part of its regular curriculum. But not many schools do the elementary school in Hingham is an exception. Their TV is taught to all grades every Monday morning the day begins with a happy hour of many shows produced by students themselves. John Morgan and Vivian Dukat were intrigued by this project so they visited the school where they talk to various students and teacher Glen Cook.
Television is the means of communication. With the kids of today and I think they should know something about that means of communication. Kids should know how it operates what it should know what goes into making a program. They should know that people make TV programs and that they can say why don't do that that they can be properly hereon and I think that we have to teach our kids to be able communicate with TV just like there should be able to communicate with reading and writing. It takes writing skills takes organization skills it takes creative skills to think of the idea in the first place and to make it into something that will come across as interesting on on television or even on a radio speaker. It takes visual skills it takes drawing skills just about everything that we think of as as a good result of education.
You can kind of see in a good tv show with whatever like you know very very soon in our lives to write it how perhaps you hear we need so many more people than just the star who's up front.
We need the cameramen the switcher the props and so forth to get that out.
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There are 13 days until the annual promise of a school spelling bee. It could be you that wins one of those one of these trophies and we know that Emory Rountree In fact they and Sarah have Linda McGrath for him and Kim Mason 6B have been doing excellent spelling work. Maybe their efforts will be rewarded with the trophy.
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I don't think that with imagination that it costs a lot to teach about television in the classroom. If you have a couple of TV cameras.
If you have a video tape recorder if you have a switcher you can have a studio crew around $2000 that works for graduation and you can have a monitor. Yeah why don't you do that.
I think also that I would like them to become a more discriminating viewer and a more knowledgeable viewer so they can look at production on television and commercial television and say I know how to do that. Right.
Proclaiming a commitment not to cut down on essential social services now Governor Ed King came into office today. Ever since can pledge to drastically cut the state's budget fear has been rampant in the hearts of Social Services advocates and recipients. But in his inaugural speech King singled out the elderly and abused children as segments of the population which will not be overlooked in his administration to implement his policy as King has chosen a group of people closely tied to the industries they'll be monitoring a nuclear physicist as secretary of Environmental Affairs a former banker US Consumer Affairs secretary. For the Department of Elder Affairs King made what seems for him to be a rather unusual choice someone young and someone who has been an advocate for the elderly in the form of a reporter Steve Guptill has been a reporter for Boston's Channel Seven WNYC TV news specializing on affairs of the elderly during last February snowstorm he became familiar to viewers as the person with information for elderly people in trouble. He will now become familiar as the subject of news as he assumes his cabinet post today. Ghatal has high praise for departing Secretary James Callaghan feels that his media experience is an asset in terms of what and who he knows. I think that criticism of his age 35 is unfair.
He recently spoke with our reporter on Elder Affairs David Freiberg edges like Albright says works both ways. All the people in the period are mobilized to fight against prejudice of age against the older works as a server. I would suspect that most older people would feel that way. It's a matter of credibility. Mr. King and I discussed this when we were in interviews. You asked me if I thought Major to be a detriment and I said quite frankly I think it depends on the individual. I've been in the aging network for 13 years. I've been a leader in it for nine. I think I've got great credibility with the elders. I'm more known than any other single person in Massachusetts with the ability because of the medium of television and the only thing is you know as a journalist I think you've got to say I was too and I've been terribly honest with them to the point of being blunt and offending a lot of politicians and raising some hell. But I think the credibility factor is there and it's strong. So I think with that the age becomes a diminished factor.
Steve you say that in your reporting so far you've been blunt even to the point of offending politicians. You're now going to sit at the other side of the desk and become a maker and administrator of policy.
What kind of changes will that mean. I think I have criticized politicians and people in positions of power her charge with the sponsibility of serving the older constituency specifically the city of Boston and other state and state officials. If I felt they weren't doing their job with respect to serving this constituency then I spoke out. Very often now I am controlling the purse strings of those people and it's going to continue the only difference is the only answer me directly for it in terms of their funding. But I intend to consider continue talking to their constituency. My job as secretary of Elder Affairs is to serve the elderly not the governor or anybody else. I'm going to serve the elderly to what extent do you expect to forestall cuts to the tune of 500 million dollars that might dig into the allotment for the elderly. Mr King assured me that there will be no cuts in Elder Affairs. And what exactly does that mean that the budget the budget as it stands today will not be damaged. What is that current amount. Oh it's about 50 million dollars. The question however is is Washington level funding in Washington that is being or how would it affect the Older Americans Act which was recently written. That's a clear problem which the governor has little control over what what areas need expansion in Massachusetts.
It's probably fair to say that the services to the elderly are still insufficient. What areas would you try to expand.
Well clearly housing mental health and and health care. I three critical areas that need some desperately work housing very specifically we have federal housing state housing through communities in development and housing to AM HFA the three agencies do not work together on accessibility how available will you be to reporters.
Totally. Most politicians and bureaucrats have a tendency to fear reporters I think. I think reporters misunderstand politicians and politicians misunderstand reporters. I've got nothing to hide nothing to fear. And. There's a great psychological value in letting people know that there's somebody fighting like hell for the billboard. And I can't call them up and tell them so the greatest Avenue I have to letting all the people know that I'm I'm closely guarding their needs and fighting for their is the media and I think from open accessible to the media that they will get that message out.
New Elder Affairs secretary Steve Guptill with reporter David Freud broke.
The long warm fall had many of us hoping that winter would skip New England altogether but today temperatures are in the teens and winter asserting itself Boston with bleak. There is however at least one operation in Boston whose year round concern is cheering up the city and that is the greening of Boston program. A community grant project devoted to making the city's open spaces more attractive. It is run by landscape designers Phyllis Anderson and Dion Ridley.
Reporter Chris out when spoke with him about the program and its effects on the city's environment the greening of Boston got started during Boston 200 the city's bicentennial celebration. The name of the program then was the birthday book. And it was set up to implement small scale neighborhood improvements such as street trees benches trash barrels play Quitman kiosks bulletin boards. The program changed its name in the spring of 78 to the greening of Boston program. At that time we published a booklet called The Greening of Boston trees and shrubs in the city which is free to citizens of Boston and gives advice on planting in public areas. The Greening of Boston program operates on a three to one match basis meaning that the greening program supports 75 percent of the project cost and a community group or individual supports 25 percent. This is up to a total budget of $2000. How is the greening of Boston funded. The Greening of Boston is a privately funded program that is it's been funded by foundations and corporations since its beginning in 1975. Our strong supporters in the last few years have been the Mabel Louise Wiley Riley trust and Henderson fund the Provident institution for savings. Supported the printing of our book at the greening of Boston trees and shrubs in the city the greening of Boston program is very interesting in its organization because it is a cause or city program. We rely on many city agencies for their advice and their technical expertise. We work with the with the Office of planning and development. The program is overseen by Deputy Mayor Catherine Kane who whose idea of the original birthday book program.
Was back during the bicentennial. What kind of organizations and in what part of the city have been involved so far in the greening of Boston.
We've dealt with a wide variety of projects in most areas of the Boston neighborhoods and the groups themselves can be either highly organized neighborhood associations or merely residents who happen to be living on the same block. It could be an individual or a group of merchants who decide to spruce up their sidewalk. One aspect of our program that makes it unique from other environmental. Programs is a maintenance agreement that is signed by the neighborhood participants. This cement their commitment to the project and ensures that the improvement will become a permanent legacy to the neighborhood and to the city. If it's a tree they are agreeing to water it and make sure that it gets the necessary tender loving care if it's a bench they are repainted at. An appropriate interval and whatever maintenance is needed would become their responsibility rather than the city and it's something that they have put their dollars into and that they care about what projects are currently underway in the city of Boston.
Working in a number of neighborhoods this fall. And next spring. We emphasize that we work in all neighborhoods of Boston and we try very hard to let community groups and neighborhood groups know about our program. We work very closely with little city hall managers. We give slideshows to community groups. We distribute our brochure to a little city hall through public libraries.
What kind of professional assistance to you as a landscape designer often are for the people who are making use of the greening of Boston.
Our function is is really twofold. Within an individual scale we can advise the participant in terms of the appropriateness of a particular bench for say the architectural style of the block. We can advise them on the varieties of trees which will or will not survive in their neighborhoods and then from a broader standpoint by providing the best possible design for any particular project. We hope to stimulate further such projects within the neighborhood and inspire the other residents to perhaps start up a project of their own.
What projects have you undertaken recently that might give frozen citizens of Boston some hope for the spring.
Well just a couple of weeks ago we finished a very large project in the Boston Common planning 40 900 packets Sandra and 800. Lovely daffodil bulbs that will be blooming not too long from now it's hard to think of that right now. But. They will be but thumbing on the Charles Street entrance released release spring is just around the corner.
Cruise out when speaking with the greening of Boston director Phyllis Anderson and coordinator Diane Ridley for more information about the greening of Boston contact your little city hall or call the greening office at 7 2 5 4 8 4 6.
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