Education: Just a Noisy Girl

At 6:30 a.m., blonde Pamela Coffey, 7, puts on her clothes, backs up to her mother to have her dress buttoned. After breakfast, Pamela is driven from the Coffey s' home in Atlanta's northeast suburbs to the Garden Hills elementary school. In a regular second-grade class she reads the same books as her classmates, works the same arithmetic problems and plays ball at recess. It is a normal school day, and that is important to Pamela. She is blind.

"You Can Live With It." In many another U.S. city Pamela would be shunted off...