Education: Truth & Consequences

One of the South's anti-integration schemes is the "private school plan." The idea: to close all the public schools, thus diverting the U.S. Supreme Court's desegregation order. The next step is setting up private schools by giving state tuition grants to all school-age children (though not necessarily Negroes). Already the plan has been made possible by new laws in six states—Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Virginia. Other states are considering it. What few seem to be considering is the consequences.

Last week the first sober study of consequences was published by the...