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Godfrey Says Schools Recruiting Of Negroes Illegal

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Day
13
Month
June
Year
1968
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School Trustee William C. Godfrey, charging that the Board of Education's policy of staff xecruiting based on race is "illegal" and "discriminatory," attempted last night to change the policy. His amendment was defeated. Godfrey was referring to a resolution passed three years ago by the board, stating that Negro teachers and staff would be recruited to "enlarge the pool" of applicants for job openings. "This resolution is clearly a violatíon of statutes on the books," Godfrey declared. These statutes, set forth in the State Fair Employment Practices Act, state it is ülegal to recruit or hire personnel on the basis of race, religión, color, national origin, ancestry, age or sex. Godfrey therefore con tends that a policy stating explicitly that Negroes will be recruited is discriminatory. Godfrey proposed that the paragraph in the board policy book reading, "In the employment of personnel there shall be no discrimination against any individual because of race, color, religión, national origin or ancestry . . ." be changed to read: "There shall be no discrimination against any individual in employment or procurement, recruitment or placement because of race, religión, color, national origin, ancestry, age or sex." His proposal to revise the policy was defeated by a 4-2 vote. Trustee Paul H. Johnson, along with Godfrey, voted for the amendment. Three trustees were