Education: Reality in Atlanta

"We are up against reality," editorialized the Atlanta Constitution. Indeed, the city's board of education had not only faced reality but accepted it. Ordered by U.S. District Judge Frank A. Hooper to present an acceptable integration plan (TIME, June 15), the board delivered last week on schedule. Proposed: a pupil-placement plan patterned on the Alabama law, which the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled constitutional. If Judge Hooper accepts, Atlanta's 95,000 public-school students (40% Negro) will be integrated a class at a time from the twelfth grade down—a twelve-year process.

But one reality...

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