Education: Trouble in Texas

Quick to honor a hero, quick to resent a slur are the rangy sons of the Lone Star State. Last week, quickened by both these emotional spurs, hot-hearted Texans rallied in droves to the banner of scholarly, pious Homer Price Rainey, president since 1939 of the sprawling University of Texas at Austin. Balding, unprepossessing Dr. Rainey, who worked his way through school and college to become one of the leading U.S. educators, was locked in battle with the Texas Board of Regents.

Dr. Rainey's long-standing squabble with the Regents has sometimes flared into the open: in 1942 three economics instructors were...

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