Education: Back to the Drawing Board

Circuit court tells Dallas to try again on desegregation

When the Dallas school district unveiled its new desegregation plan two years ago, School Superintendent Nolan Estes predicted it would be "a model for the nation." Implemented with relative serenity, the Dallas plan called for the busing of some 17,000 students (out of 136,500 in the district) and a heavy concentration of federal funds in schools that were still largely minority. But its centerpiece was a progressive concept: the "magnet" school, designed to lure ninth-to twelfth-grade students of all races by offering them a variety of educational inducements. Desegregation in Dallas, claimed Estes,...

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