Education: Desegregation: How Much Further?

LAST fall the Supreme Court ordered Southern school districts to end segregation "at once." By this fall, the Nixon Administration claimed that 90% of the region's 2,721 districts had abandoned the old "dual" system, one black and one white, that officially segregated the races in separate schools. But the newly adopted "unitary" system often has a catch. Largely because of neighborhood housing patterns, hundreds of "desegregated" districts still contain predominantly segregated schools.

Last week the Supreme Court heard an unusual three days of arguments on the next major questions in the school controversy: Does the Constitution require an end to "racial isolation"...

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