Education: A New Idea on Busing

University of Chicago Sociologist James S. Coleman has become celebrated over the past decade for studies that first supported and then opposed the use of busing to integrate schools. Last week he emerged with a proposal somewhere in between.

In 1966 Coleman issued a pioneering report demonstrating that children from the slums do better work when they attend middle-class schools. But his follow-up report earlier this year argued that compulsory busing has driven so many white urban families to the suburbs or to private schools that it is making city public schools more segregated...