Education: Big City Schoolmaster

Under sharpest attack on the Northern segregation front last week was Chicago's General Superintendent of Schools Benjamin C. Willis. Negroes charge that Chicago's school boundaries are "manipulated to perpetuate segregated schools." When 107 Negro children sought transfers to predominantly white schools, Willis refused to grant them. Willis stands by the neighborhood school tradition as right and good: "They can go to school wherever they live." He says that he does not even know the racial complexion of Chicago schools; no such records are kept because "we treat children as children."

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