FROM Joe Sexton
School Desegregation: 60 Years Later In 1954, the US Supreme Court ruled that legally segregated public schools deprived African Americans of their 14th Amendment guarantee of an equal education. Today, after decades of controversy, school integration has not been achieved. Most black kids still go to mostly black schools. In some places, desegregation orders have been ignored — or even reversed — by school districts. In the meantime, America's racial make-up has radically changed. The Latino population has mushroomed. The proportion of white students is on the decline. Can students learn without diversity in their classrooms? Is school segregation a symptom of deeper issues: housing discrimination and economics?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.