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Ten O'Clock News; History of Laval Wilson's tenure


Hope Kelly reviews the major events and key issues during the tenure of Boston superintendent of schools Laval Wilson. The Boston School Committee has voted to remove him from his post. Kelly adds that there are racial overtones in the vote to dismiss Wilson. Kelly notes that Wilson's opponents are all white. Kelly reviews Wilson's interview and selection, his record and the school bus drivers' strike. Kelly also discusses the school consolidation controversy and his contract renewal in 1989. The Boston Public Schools experienced a rise in achievement test scores and a decrease in the dropout rate under Wilson. Kelly's report is accompanied by footage illustrating these events during Wilson's tenure. This edition of the Ten O'Clock News also included the following items: Controversy surrounds the Boston School Committee's decision to fire Laval Wilson and Meg Vaillancourt interviews Nthabiseng Mabuza about the release of Nelson Mandela

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Ten O'Clock News

History of Laval Wilson's tenure

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NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Broadcast program

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School boards
School superintendents
Race relations
Boston (Mass.). School Committee
Boston (Mass.)
News Report
Kelly, Hope (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; History of Laval Wilson's tenure,” 02/14/1990, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6FEEFF1343C145D3AE92CBC5F184E813.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; History of Laval Wilson's tenure.” 02/14/1990. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 24, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6FEEFF1343C145D3AE92CBC5F184E813>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; History of Laval Wilson's tenure. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6FEEFF1343C145D3AE92CBC5F184E813
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