Education: Leave It to the Kids

The school board of Galax, Va. (pop. 5,200) is composed of shrewd men who know how to kill two birds with one stone. Galax has long had a contract to take in white high school students from adjacent Grayson County, and the 285 students cost money. When a federal court recently ordered Galax to take in eight Negro county students as well, the board saw its chance. To save both money and segregation, it simply canceled the contract with Grayson County.

The board did not reckon with the students themselves. Last week 590 of the 598 students at Galax High School fired...

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