Education: An F With Honors

Desegregation comes to Dixie

When is a failing grade not a failing grade? Maybe when the Department of Education is handing out the marks. In another statement last week, Secretary Bennett announced that six Southern and Border States had yet to comply fully with a 17-year-old court order to desegregate public colleges. However, instead of expressing concern, Bennett praised the states for having made "substantial progress." Moreover, the Secretary gave passing grades to four other states, even though they have not fully met goals or timetables set by his department.

The optimistic appraisal winds down an important Government battle against academic segregation. As a result...

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