Wilmington, Del.: Weighing the Long Ride to Diversity

When a yellow school bus rumbles by on busy Interstate 95 in Wilmington, Del., it ticks Wayne Smith off. Since he was first elected to Delaware's state legislature in 1990, Smith, 41, has crusaded to end this small city's unusual urban-suburban busing program, which was imposed by court order in 1978. Educators say the program has helped make Delaware's schools among the nation's most integrated. Smith says it has driven families out of public education and broken the color-blind promise of Brown. "Having grown up here, I just thought it was wrong to break up the local schools and destroy what...

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