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Found in WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951 to 1971 1959 September

Dr. E.W. Rushton, Superintendent of Roanoke City Schools, Discusses Decline in Enrollment

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The WSLS-TV News Film Collection, 1951-1971, comprises anchor scripts and 16mm news film created by Roanoke, Va., television station WSLS. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities funded the preservation and digitization of this collection.

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4 min., 10 sec.
Dr. E.W. Rushton, superintendent of Roanoke City Schools, addresses his concerns regarding the unexpected downward trend in city school enrollment. Rushton explains that city schools have lost 1002 students and gained only 619, resulting in a net loss of 421 students, 383 of whom are known to have moved out of the city, enrolled in private schools, or dropped out. Rushton remarks that this imbalance is both unusual and alarming, suggesting that the exodus may be related to parents' difficulty in finding employment inside the city. Asked to comment on the school system's recent acquisition of an eight million dollar bond to begin a building project, Rushton expresses his belief that the funding will remain necessary, in spite of the low enrollment.
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