Education: The Bad Side of Integration

According to the Justice Department, 97% of Southern black children will attend integrated school systems next fall. For many, the experience will not be pleasant. They will find that thousands of white children have fled to new private "segregation academies." In many cases white school officials have sent public school equipment along with them. Louisiana went a step further last month by approving state financial support for private schools.

Less obvious—and more insidious—is what happens to black students and teachers in some school districts where the terms for desegregation have been determined unilaterally by local white school boards. In recent testimony before...

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