Law: About-Face

Another civil rights setback

In his pronouncements, President Reagan is firmly "dedicated and devoted to the principle of civil rights." In legal practice, however, his Administration has turned away from many of those goals. The past few months have seen a backing off by the Government on school busing, affirmative action and housing discrimination. Last week the Administration switched direction on still one more longstanding federal civil rights policy. It moved to end the practice of denying tax-exempt status to private schools that discriminate against minorities.

Since 1971 the Internal Revenue Service has sought to withhold the benefits of tax exemption from the...

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