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Boston Against BusingRace, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s$
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Ronald P. Formisano

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807855263

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869703_formisano

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Democracy and Segregation

Democracy and Segregation

Part Two: The School Committee Holds the Line

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Boston Against Busing

Ronald P. Formisano

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows that, as residential segregation increased, the Boston School Committee in no way tried to ameliorate the situation; instead, in most cases where it could choose, it acted to perpetuate or even to increase imbalance in the city's schools, as would be demonstrated conclusively in the 1974 federal court decision. That cataclysmic event, however, seemed unlikely during the second half of the 1960s, when the school committee's strategy of delay looked as if it might buy enough time to win legislative repeal of the Racial Imbalance Act. The committee consistently refused to do simple acts that might have reduced racial imbalance, such as redistricting or locating new schools on the borders of neighborhoods, thereby creating mixed schools without needing to transport students.

Keywords:   residential segregation, Boston School Committee, federal court decision, Racial Imbalance Act

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