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Danforth Supports Senate's Deseg Bill

April 15, 1998
By: Tristin Yeager
State Capital Bureau

William Danforth, the federal court appointed settlement coordinator for the desegregation case testified in support of the state Senate's desegregation bill. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

Danforth testified in front of the House Education Committee and said the bill addresses the two basic needs relating to desegregation.

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Contents: Danforth said the bill met the requirements of having enough money to keep the St. Louis City public schools functioning and fund the voluntary transfer program.

Danforth said that without those two elements, a desegregation settlement would not be possible. The state Senate desegregation bill got a boost when William Danforth testified in support of the bill at a House Education Committee meeting. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

Danforth is the court appointed settlement coordinator for the St. Louis desegregation case.

Danforth said that the bill addresses the two basic needs of the case: money to keep the St. Louis City District operating and fund the volunteer transfer program.

Danforth said what he thought would happen if desegregation legislation is not passed.

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Contents: Danforth said no legislation would lead to continued court control and the State of Missouri would continue to pay the bills.

Danforth said the other possibility is that St. Louis could end up like Kansas City and face school collapse due to lack of funds.


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