Public Schools: Decision Against De Facto

Although the U.S. Supreme Court has clearly ruled that separate school systems for whites and Negroes are unconstitutional, de facto segregation resulting from residential patterns has until now seemed beyond reach of the courts. Last week Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that de facto segregation is just as unlawful as the kind imposed on Negroes by Southern legislatures.

A native of New Orleans who ordered his city's schools integrated in a series of decisions between 1956 and 1962, Judge Wright delivered his 183-page ruling in a case involving the schools of Washington, D.C.,...

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