Education: Busing and Striking

When the four school buses pulled up in front of South Boston High School last week, no one got off. For half an hour, the 51 black students who have attended Southie every day since school began this fall under the city's court-ordered desegregation program stayed in their seats. Finally, headmaster William Reid ordered the bus drivers to take them back home. At other schools throughout the city, there were similar scenes. Reason: almost all of Boston's 4,950 public school teachers were out on strike. The walkout—in defiance of a state law prohibiting...

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