bus·ing | \ˈbə-siŋ \
variants: or less commonly bussing

Definition of busing 

: the act of transporting by bus specifically : the transporting of children to a school outside their residential area as a means of achieving racial balance in that school

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But there’s also a self-service water station, and a busing station for diners inclined to clear their own tables. New York Times, "San Francisco Restaurants Can’t Afford Waiters. So They’re Putting Diners to Work.," 25 June 2018 To accommodate this challenge, organizers received a grant from the Chicago Public Schools Office of Student Health and Wellness that was used for busing services at eight schools. Britt Julious, New York Times, "‘It Felt Like I Was Wrapped in One Big Hug’: Inside the Chicago Gay and Straight Alliance Prom," 5 June 2018 Mestek said the union is now looking for more information on busing and school start times. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "East Aurora union contract expires with no replacement on the table," 3 July 2018 The cost of the project includes construction and busing. Jennifer Fenn Lefferts, BostonGlobe.com, "Green Line’s D branch slated for upgrades," 28 June 2018 Around the same time that the Corpus Christi district started providing funding for its busing program, the federal government began sending money to schools serving children who’d grown up in poverty. Kristina Rizga, The Atlantic, "A Witness to the Desegregation—and Resegregation—of America's Schools," 1 May 2018 The proposal seeks more anti-bias training for educators and families, incentives to hire teachers of color, and a pilot busing program for students traveling more than a mile to school, among other requests. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Brooklyn Parents Have Mixed Feelings on School Admissions Proposal," 11 July 2018 Little more than two years into his tenure, US District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity Jr. issued his historic desegregation ruling, ordering Boston’s schools to use busing to implement integration. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "William J. Leary, who led Boston’s schools at outset of busing, dies at 86," 14 June 2018 The voluntary busing continues for the next two years. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "50 years ago the Justice Dept. sued IPS to force desegregation," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of busing

1879, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of busing

: the act or practice of bringing children by buses to a school that is far from the area where they live so that the school will have many children of different races


variants: or bussing \ˈbə-siŋ \

Legal Definition of busing 

: the act of transporting by bus especially : the transporting of children to a school outside their neighborhood in order to establish a racial balance at that school

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