Education: Alternative Schools: Melting Pot to Mosaic

In the controversy over busing, integrationist blacks and angry whites agree on one thing: North and South, big-city public schools are terrible. Blacks want their children to escape from the schools' exasperating syndrome of failure and disorder; whites fear that their children will have to suffer from it. For the past several years, small numbers of both black and white parents have founded new private "alternatives"—the so-called street academies and the free schools (TIME, April 26, 1971). Now a few public schools are trying to create some alternatives of their own within the...

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