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Letters | Boston looks to find path to best schools

Legacy of busing must inform the work ahead

Having only lived in Boston since 1986, I did not live through the tumultuous early years of court-ordered busing, but I want to respond to your editorial in support of the revised school assignment plan (“School assignment proposal shows progress, merits support,” March 13). It was curious that the editorial did not directly state that busing was imposed to redress a pattern of racial discrimination in the Boston schools.

For years, black students had been denied equitable educational opportunities. For the city and for individuals, discrimination and the violent response to desegregation efforts resulted in significant losses; for many, the traumatic effects linger. This legacy is an essential part of the back story to attempts to revise the student assignment plan.

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