Education: Bertie & the Board

Three years ago Federal District Judge Ben C. Connally ordered the biggest segregated school district in the U.S., Houston's 173 schools, to integrate "with all deliberate speed." Two months ago Houston's school board blandly submitted a plan to integrate only three schools—and pledged that no child in the district need attend them. Last week Judge Connally cracked down, ordered integration of all kindergartens next fall, and of a grade a year thereafter. He called the board's plan "a palpable sham and subterfuge."

Judge Connally was up against a school board that specializes in...

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