DIVIDING LINE: KNEE-JERK CONSERVATISM

WHY NOT WELCOME THE RULING ON HARTFORD SCHOOLS?

Connecticut's Supreme Court broke important new ground last week by ruling that school segregation violates the state's constitution, no matter what caused it. But the shocking thing about the ruling was the knee-jerk reaction of elected officials like Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. "There will be many who are disappointed by this decision, as am I," he proclaimed. "We disagree [with it] and fear the consequences." Even before many people had a chance to read the decision, Blumenthal, a Democrat, had joined Republican Governor John G. Rowland in drawing lines in the sand. No "involuntary busing" to diversify student populations, they vowed....

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