The Law: Challenging Exclusion

It was not Gerald Ford's finest campaign hour. In reply to an unexpected question on CBS-TV's Face the Nation last week, the President offered his opinion that parents have the right to send their children to segregated private academies, so long as those schools did not receive federal funds or tax advantages. He added that his own children had always attended integrated schools, and he "hoped" no school would deny admission on the basis of race. But, he said, "individuals have rights," and in his opinion those rights included the choice of a segregated private school.

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