Education: Coleman: Some Second Thoughts

Busing as a means of achieving racial balance in the schools may well be the most unpopular institution imposed on Americans since Prohibition. Nevertheless, some U.S. communities have obediently−if not happily−accepted busing as part of the law of the land and carried it out peacefully. Last week in Stockton, Calif., for example, under a court order, 1,500 pupils were bused across town to three high schools without visible opposition or incidents. At the same time, in Charlotte, N.C., 23,000 students−fully one-third of the public school enrollment−were being bused in the final phase of a federal court busing plan that the city...

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