The Public Interest

Toward open schools

James S. Coleman

Fall 1967

Since the publication, in July, 1966, of the Office of Education’s report to Congress and the President on “Equality of Educational Opportunity,” there has been much speculation and discussion concerning the policy implications of the report. The report itself, which focused principally on inequalities experienced by Negroes and other racial and ethnic minorities, contained only research results, not policy recommendations. Indeed, if recommendations had been requested, they could hardly have been given – for the facts themselves point to no obvious solution.

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