Education: Wayward Busing

At the heart of the school busing controversy is a basic question: Does integration provide better education? Until recently the answer—officially, atleast—was yes. There have always been skeptics, however, and last week a gloomy new study raised serious doubts. Harvard Sociologist David J. Armor, reporting on surveys of busing results in six Northern cities, said that four of the five major premises of current school integration policy "failed to be supported by the data." Among Armor's chief conclusions:

IMPROVED EDUCATION: "None of the studies have been able to demonstrate, conclusively, that integration has...

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