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Oh, I don't think there's any question about that. I mean,
you've had your legislature passing one anti-busing -- you know --
piece of legislation after another, and having them declared
unconstitutional. You've had the legislature deliberately selecting
Regents in terms of the respective, prospective Regent's commitment
to anti-busing. And making no bones about this, you know. I'm not
talking about Alabama or Mississippi or Georgia, or any of the 17
states of the Confederacy. I'm talking about New York state.
You had -- a friend of mine, Nelson Rockefeller, a few years
ago, or about two or three years before he resigned as governor,
sending a directive to the Regents, calling to their attention Mr.
Nixon's anti-busing position, and asking us to reconsider our probusing
position (at that time) in the light of Mr. Nixon's position.
Since then, the Regents who have been elected have succeeded
in getting a major re-statement, rearticulation, of the racial
policies of the Board of Regents, you know, so that it's practically
180 degrees around from where it was, when I was first elected
to the Regents in -- I think I was elected in ‘65, ‘66.
When you were talking about standards for selecting teachers,
you were talking specifically also about just what kinds of
examinations they give them, and that these examinations really don't
show or reveal qualifications to teach under the circumstances and
conditions as they exist in these schools now?
Right. And they seem to bear no relationship to performance
of the teachers.
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