Integration: The Education of Big Ben

At a meeting in Baltimore this month, top school officials from Northern cities gathered to talk over a grave and insistent problem: mounting Negro pressure against de facto school segregation. Conspicuously absent was a big-city educator who is acutely beset with segregation difficulties—Chicago's School Superintendent Benjamin C. Willis.

It was characteristic of Willis to fail to attend the meeting. "Big Ben" Willis, 61, has long been accustomed to going his own way. That is why he is in trouble.

Separate & Unequal. Willis is the U.S.'s highest-paid public school official. His $48,500 salary, indeed, ranks him fourth among all U.S. public...

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