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Desegregation in Austin

Five Decades of Social Change: A Timeline

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On May 10th, Superintendent Irby B. Carruth issues a letter to all parents announcing that Austin Independent School District would “no longer have schools for children of different races.” The U.S. Office of Education had accepted the school desegregation plan, whose adoption was begun in 1955 and completed in 1963. Now all students had to make a “choice.” [AF-Segregation-Public Schools-S1700 (2)-1960s]