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Yeshiva University to Retrain Negro Graduates for Jobs in Schools

April 2, 1964
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Yeshiva University launched today a program to retrain Negro graduates of southern colleges with education degrees who want to teach in New York City public schools but have been unable to pass the teacher licensing examinations.

The Yeshiva University’s Graduate School of Education will conduct a nine-week course in oral expression, written English, literature and teaching methods for about 100 Negro graduates beginning about May 1. The school will cooperate with the Urban League of New York, a Negro rights group which will provide the applicants, and with the United States Departments of Labor, and Health, Education and Welfare, and the latter’s Office of Education.

The graduates, many of whom failed the examinations because of geographical and cultural speech differences, will then be able to relieve New York’s teacher shortage. Inquiries on the project have already come in from Philadelphia and other big city school systems which have the same problem.

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