Education: Big Carrot

But can the state swallow it?

"At first I couldn't believe it," says St. Louis School Board Staffer Eugene Uram. "Then I thought, 'What a lovely, creative idea.'"

What intrigued Uram was a plan put forth by the Reagan Administration and the school board to integrate schools in St. Louis (where 79% of pupils are black) and surrounding suburbs (84% white). Instead of compulsory cross-district busing, they proposed to offer a remarkable reward to suburban whites who voluntarily enroll in some city schools and to city blacks who choose to transfer to mostly white schools. The Administration and the school board...

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