Education: D-Day in Little Rock

In an Arkansas governed by a nervous demagogue. Little Rock's moderate school board prepared to face the consequences of obeying the integration laws of the land. With canny suddenness, the board ordered high schools opened this week—nearly a month ahead of schedule. Announced reason: the 2,500 students, including six Negroes newly assigned to Central and Hall high schools (compared to the embattled nine at Central in 1957), will need judicious counseling before classes start.

The operative reason was Governor Orval Faubus. Already the board had rejected a "solution" by Faubus that masked segregation with an illegal veneer of "integration" (TIME, Aug. 10)....

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