The Other Boston Busing Story

What’s Won and Lost Across the Boundary Line

Susan E. Eaton

The Other Boston Busing Story

Susan E. Eaton

Distributed for Brandeis University Press

264 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/4
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781684580293 Published October 2020
E-book $33.95 ISBN: 9781684580309 Published September 2020

METCO, America’s longest-running voluntary school desegregation program, buses black children from Boston’s city neighborhoods to predominantly white suburban schools. In contrast to the infamous violence and rage that greeted forced school busing within the city in the 1970s, the work of METCO has quietly and calmly promoted school integration. But how has this program affected the lives of its graduates? Would they choose to participate if they had it to do over again? Would they place their own children on the bus to suburbia? In The Other Boston Busing Story, sixty-five METCO graduates who are now adults answer those questions and more, vividly recalling their own stories and assessing the benefits and hardships of crossing racial and class lines on their way to school. As courts and policymakers today are forcing the abandonment of desegregation, this book offers an accessible and moving account of a rare program that, despite serious challenges, provides a practical remedy for the persistent inequalities in American education. This new edition puts the original findings in a contemporary context. 

Contents
Acknowledgments, Chapter One: The Other Boston Busing Story, Chapter Two: Why They Went, Chapter Three: What Remains in Memory, Chapter Four: The Gains, Chapter Five: The Resolutions, Chapter Six: What About Now, Chapter Seven: City Life and Suburban Schools, Appendix I: Next Steps for Research, Apprndix II: Methods, Appendix III: Interview Guide, Bibliography, Index
Review Quotes
Publishers Weekly
“General readers who are seriously interested in race relations or education reform will want to read this book.”
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