Nation: Why the Government Is Threatening to Sue Chicago

LIKE youngsters in many large American cities, Chicago's schoolchildren learn—or fail—in an environment of apartheid. Blacks go to school with blacks, whites with whites. Worse, as far as the Department is concerned, white children study under white teachers, black children under blacks. Last week the Department warned the city that unless it takes steps to break up its "segregated pattern of faculty assignments" within two weeks, it will ask the courts to impose an integrated system.

Of Chicago's 3,585,000 population, 1,136,000 are Negroes. Although blacks constitute 34% of the city's 23,000 teachers, they are heavily concentrated in its 255 predominantly Negro...

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