Little Rock School Board Tries to Keep Segregation by Making Schools Private

Little Rock School Board Tries to Keep Segregation by Making Schools Private

The Empty Halls of Little Rock High School, 1958-59

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In Little Rock, Arkansas, the school board leases the city's four high schools to a private corporation. It is expected that the Little Rock Private School Corporation will open the schools, but keep them segregated.

Arkansas Governor Orval E. Faubus came up with this idea, thinking that private corporations can run segregated schools even though local and state governments are not allowed to.

Just a few hours after the leases are signed, though, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issues a restraining order against the Little Rock School Board to prevent it from turning control of the schools over to any private body.

Shortly after this, the U.S. Supreme Court will expand on the Cooper vs. Aaron ruling issued earlier this month, saying that decisions like 1954's Brown vs. Board of Education must be obeyed by the state governments, and they are not permitted to get around them with "evasive schemes for segregation."

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