Public Schools: New York Dilemma

New York City's million-pupil school system was threatened early this week with a massive Negro boycott in protest against de facto segregated schools. Whether or not the boycott made its point, the nation's biggest school system seemed deeper than ever in the North's most difficult dilemma.

The Board of Education desperately made public a long-range plan to ease segregation by pairing about one-fifth of the mostly Negro schools with nearby mostly white schools, and integrating the student bodies. Whites protested what seemed to them forced integration; local integration organizations (plus the N.A.A.C.P., CORE and the Urban League), pressed to abandon...

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