The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights may soon approve a new contract with U-S-D 259 … submitted more than four years ago … to officially end busing for racial integration in Wichita’s public schools. Busing effectively ended in 2008/2009 with a plan for an extensive network of magnet schools and special programs.
Busing began in Wichita in 1971. My son was bused to Mueller to begin the second grade. We liked the school. Scott was transferred to the Gifted, Talented, and Creative program at McLean … closer to home … at mid school year. He and his sister rode buses to McLean through their elementary years. Then they attended Marshall and North in our neighborhood.
Riding buses to school didn’t seem to harm my kids. They also socialized with many other students of other races … with no problems at all.
I think children and parents can adjust to transportation and geographic challenges, if they’re certain they’re receiving a good education.
Our thought for today is from Mark Twain:
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”