bus·​ing | \ ˈbə-siŋ How to pronounce busing (audio) \
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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Joe Biden's campaign announced that Bottoms had endorsed the former vice president in late June, as controversy about his record on busing as a means of desegregating schools loomed. NBC News, "Black women mayors: A rising force in major American cities," 8 July 2019 In a 1973 Gallup poll, just 4 percent of whites and 9 percent of blacks chose busing from among a variety of means of achieving integration. George Will, National Review, "How Can Presidential Candidates Be So Silly?," 7 July 2019 In a 1973 Gallup poll, just 4% of whites and 9% of blacks chose busing from among a variety of means of achieving integration. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: How can presidential candidates be so silly?," 7 July 2019 That diversity factored into the big highlight of the debates when California Sen. Kamala Harris, a comparatively young black woman, criticized former Vice President Joe Biden over his past opposition of federal busing requirements at schools. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Young voters seem more engaged as 2020 election approaches," 5 July 2019 Biden’s political argument, moreover, has been about returning to a past that, as the recent controversy over segregation and busing proves, was not particularly great for many Americans. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "How Old is Too Old to Be President?," 2 July 2019 The district said the agency’s busing requirement would be disruptive and cost the district $10,000. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "NISD busing case coincided with Biden’s anti-busing efforts," 29 June 2019 The former vice president found himself on the defensive a lot -- for being the old guy on the block, humble bragging about working with segregationists, opposing busing and his dealings with Senate leader Mitch McConnell. cleveland.com, "Joe Biden unsure about when or how to raise his hand at debate becomes a meme," 28 June 2019 Not so Thursday night, which included Sen. Kamala Harris getting personal in an astonishing takedown of former Vice President Joe Biden over his record on (and her personal experience with) busing and, by extension, race. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Kamala Harris was great, Joe Biden wasn't and the second Democratic debate was nuts (in a good way)," 27 June 2019

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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

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 bussing (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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