Schools: Opening Up Prince Edward

The 1,700 Negro children of Virginia's Prince Edward County, mostly unschooled for four years because bitter-end segregationists closed down the public education system, can go back to class Sept. 16. A new, privately organized Prince Edward Free School Association will lease three of the closed schoolhouses and open them, for up to a year, to all comers.

In effect, this probably means that most of the 1,300 white children will continue to go, as they have since 1959, to the white-only private system (tuition: about $250 a year) that operates in churches, public halls and one newly built private high...

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