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Response to ucrdem (Reply #39)

Sun Jun 30, 2019, 10:29 AM

46. Interestingly, I was mistaken - Biden's amendment applied ONLY to voluntary busing

 

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Biden himself said it didn't cut off funding for court-ordered busing - probably because he recognized that a school couldn't be required to perform an unfunded mandate. Instead, it eliminated funding for and placed other restrictions on busing programs that were created at the local level voluntarily by local governments - exactly the kinds of program that Harris participated in and that he says he supported.

And Politifact found Biden's claim that ""I did not oppose busing in America. What I opposed is busing ordered by the Department of Education" to be Mostly False.
https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/jun/28/joe-biden/joe-biden-oversimplifies-his-record-school-busing-/

VOX doesn't say what you claim - nowhere in the piece you linked does it say that Biden"s funding legislation was limited to court-ordered busing. Probably because it wasn't. But it is a very interesting and informative article and I suggest you read the whole thing:


There were a number of ways to address this issue (desegregation of segregated schools), but the one that caught public attention most was “busing” — a process where black students were driven to predominantly white schools in neighboring communities, and white students were driven to predominantly black ones. Many busing orders were mandated in the late 1960s and early 1970s after civil rights groups like the NAACP filed — and later won — school desegregation lawsuits.

Busing was often used as a last resort for cities and districts that clearly showed little interest in desegregation. It was used to immediately integrate schools in the hopes of not only ending state-sanctioned segregation of blacks and whites, but to also give black and white students equal access to resources and opportunities. Many of these opportunities had been isolated to white schools in white communities. Predominantly black and Latino schools, meanwhile, struggled with overcrowding, outdated materials, and dilapidated buildings.

But busing — one of many tools used to secure black students’ constitutional right to equal education — was often strongly opposed by white parents, many of whom did not want their children in integrated schools. Some parents and lawmakers stated that outright, others used different anti-busing arguments: saying that long bus rides to different schools were burdensome, and that their children were being placed in lower-quality schools (ignoring that schools in predominantly black neighborhoods had fewer resources and that per capita spending on black students was smaller).

Parents also claimed that “forced busing” wouldn’t work to bring about racial equality and would merely function as quotas. (To be fair, there were black people who also criticized busing, but their opposition was complex, and contrary to white Americans, their critiques of busing and the political attention it received were not rooted in a desire to maintain segregation, but rather a hope to see deeper investment in black schools and communities.)



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