Public schools are in danger of losing racial and socioeconomic diversity. Busing policies intended to achieve racial diversity in Montgomery County (VA) and Charlotte-Mecklenburg district (NC) schools were struck down in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond just a few days ago, both the Nando Times and the Washington Post report. Quickly following the decision, two black parents in North Carolina appealed the decision, fearing that the decision will resegregate schools, leaving black and poorer children with fewer resources than others (Nando Times). U.S. District Judge Robert Potter ended busing practices in a ruling in favor of seven white parents who claimed such policies amounted to discrimination against whites. Busing, a thirty-year-old solution to a problem that does not seem to be disappearing, works to counter segregation in public schools that occurs from housing patterns that result in racially isolated areas. A similar case is pending in Boston, MA, where a local school’s affirmative action policy was recently struck down.
Media Resources: Boston Globe, Nando Times, and Washington Post - October 8, 1999