THE CONGRESS: Antibusing Compromise

An emotional impasse over new restrictions against busing children to integrate schools was broken by the House of Representatives last week when it passed a compromise that satisfied almost no one. It survived mainly because it had been attached, incongruously, to a landmark bill providing discretionary federal aid for the first time to colleges and universities. Inevitably, the intense politics of the busing controversy overshadowed the more significant educational provisions.

On the surface, the whole higher education bill seemed doomed under the conflicting crossfire of the busing arguments. Opposed were liberal Congressmen, the House Black Caucus, the...

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