bus·​ing | \ ˈbə-siŋ How to pronounce busing (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bussing

Definition of busing

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

Examples of busing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In February, Lucas walked off the House floor when Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary, shared concerns about his experiences facing discrimination as a Black man while discussing a bill dealing with school busing. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "After Facebook exchange, surgeon accuses state lawmaker of racism," 29 Mar. 2021 This was the mid-1970s, a turbulent period in Boston’s history, a time of busing and the indelible image of a black man being attacked near Boston City Hall with a pole carrying the American flag. BostonGlobe.com, "‘There is no US history without indigenous people’s history’: An old tribe finds a new home at URI," 26 Mar. 2021 Despite 45 years of busing, significant achievement gaps persist — both for Black students bused to schools in white neighborhoods and those that attend school close to home. courier-journal.com, "Did cities like Louisville get Brown v. Board of Education wrong? Brown's daughter says yes," 25 Mar. 2021 Only mandated busing in the 1960s opened up schools in the northeast of the city that were closed to Black people. Douglas Haynes, Forbes, "The First Is Always Last: The Scarcity Of Black CEOs In Corporate America," 28 Feb. 2021 But the US Supreme Court had earlier guaranteed that school desegregation would not include cross-district busing to Detroit’s white suburbs. Phillip Martin, BostonGlobe.com, "I first came to Boston in the summer of 1975, a time of firebombs and violence," 18 Feb. 2021 In addition to the big declines in hospitality and leisure, government lost about 6,900 jobs in December, most of them in local government, in areas such as busing and recreation. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "Minnesota lost nearly 50,000 jobs in December, as another business shutdown took effect," 21 Jan. 2021 The Transportation Department distributes hundreds of billions of dollars in federal highway funding and regulates aviation, railroads and busing. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "'The Electoral College has spoken'," 15 Dec. 2020 The extra busing needed to take the pre-K and elementary school students back and forth accounts for a substantial portion of the $2.7 million extra cost of the new hybrid program, officials estimate. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Barrington public school students to add more in-classroom time as part of hybrid instruction plan," 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of busing

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Apr 2021

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“Busing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busing. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of busing

US : 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 How to pronounce busing (audio) \

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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