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ERIC Number: ED013257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 1
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BOUND FOR FREEDOM--AN EDUCATOR'S ADVENTURES IN PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, VIRGINIA.
SULLIVAN, NEIL; AND OTHERS
THE DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATION OF THE PRIVATELY FINANCED FREE SCHOOLS OF PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, VIRGINIA, ARE DESCRIBED IN THIS BOOK OF REMINISCENCES. THE SCHOOLS WERE FOUNDED BECAUSE THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IN THE COUNTY HAD REFUSED TO COLLECT TAXES TO SUPPORT DESEGREGATED SCHOOLS. IN A 3-WEEK PERIOD 100 TEACHERS HAD TO BE FOUND FOR THE MORE THAN 1500 STUDENTS (ALL BUT A HANDFUL WERE NEGRO) WHO WERE EXPECTED TO BE ENROLLED IN FOUR SCHOOLS. AFTER BEING CLOSED FOR FOUR YEARS, THE SCHOOL BUILDINGS NEEDED MUCH REPAIR AND PREPARATION. A BIRACIAL TEACHING AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF FINALLY WAS GATHERED, BUT MANY OF THE PERSONNEL HAD TO BE TRAINED TO USE THE NEW METHODS AND EQUIPMENT. FORMER PEACE CORPSMEN MADE UP A NUMBER OF THE TEACHING RECRUITS. ALMOST HALF OF THE CHILDREN NEVER HAD HAD A SCHOOL EXPERIENCE AND MANY OF THE 14- AND 15-YEAR-OLDS WERE READING AT THIRD- OR FOURTH-GRADE LEVELS. ANOTHER PROBLEM WAS ORGANIZING THE BUS SERVICE IN THIS RURAL AREA, RENOVATING THE BUSES, AND FINDING AND HIRING DRIVERS. THIS BOOK DISCUSSES THE HARASSMENTS BY THE HOSTILE WHITE COMMUNITY AND THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE SCHOOLS BY PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE THE NATION, AND DESCRIBES THE DAY-TO-DAY PROBLEMS OF FEEDING, TRANSPORTING, AND CLOTHING AN IMPOVERISHED POPULATION. AVAILABLE FROM LITTLE, BROWN AND CO., BOSTON, MASS. - PRICE $5.50, 232P. (NH)
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Identifiers: United States (South); VIRGINIA; Virginia (Prince Edward County)