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Southern StalemateFive Years without Public Education in Prince Edward County, Virginia$
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Christopher Bonastia

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226063898

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226063911.001.0001

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The Grudging Resumption of Public Education

The Grudging Resumption of Public Education

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Southern Stalemate
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This chapter demonstrates that the conflict in Prince Edward County did not end with the resumption of public education. While complying with the Supreme Court mandate to reopen schools, the county board of supervisors showed their ongoing resistance by starving the public schools, earmarking two-thirds of education funds for tuition grants to be used at the segregated academy. The county leaders had made it clear that supporting integrated public education would constitute a galling betrayal of their long and principled fight against federal tyranny. Journalists in the 1980s and 1990s pointed to Prince Edward as a hopeful story of progress and racial reconciliation. The public schools had shown encouraging signs of improvement. In the 1990s and 2000s, Prince Edward experienced the triumphs and challenges of a typical school system in the Southside.

Keywords:   public education, Prince Edward County, Supreme Court, public schools, racial reconciliation, Southside

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