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Political Science

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Massachusetts segregation in education


The issue of busing to achieve desegregation of the Boston public school system has its roots in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decisions in 1954 and 1955. Those decisions in Brown vs. Board of Education, (347 U.S. 483 of 1954)^ and the findings a year later in Brown vs. Board of 2 Education, (349, U.S. 254) were the official beginnings of a struggle between federal courts and communities charged with desegregation of their schools.