Education: Mississippi's Choice

Following Georgia and South Carolina, Mississippi last week became the third state to approve the idea of abolishing public schools in order to get around the U.S. Supreme Court's decision against segregation. Out of 135,000 ballots cast, two out of three were in favor of a drastic constitutional amendment that will empower the legislature to: 1) abolish the public schools outright by a two-thirds vote; 2) pass a law by majority vote to enable counties and school districts to abolish their schools themselves; 3) sell, rent or lease school buildings to private corporations; 4) pay students' tuition to what would then...

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