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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City Councilor Lydia Edwards said Chang inherited a difficult position as Boston’s school superintendent, as the city continues to grapple with its history, including with busing. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Tommy Chang’s relationship with community never clicked, observers say," 23 June 2018 In the years before her arrival, district officials put in place three new curriculum packages, which some have linked to student performance, and a new student busing pogram, which some expected to boost attendance. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "New superintendent picked for East Aurora School District," 30 May 2018 There’s a reason even the most left-wing Democrats don’t tend to emphasize the need to integrate public schools through busing anymore. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The “do what you want” theory of politics," 18 July 2018 Courts responded by pushing city districts to redraw attendance boundaries, alter transfer policies, and, most controversially of all, to institute busing of students. Will Stancil, The Atlantic, "The Radical Supreme Court Decision That America Forgot," 29 May 2018 Some ideas, like reducing busing, have already been taken off the table. Alan J. Borsuk, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Borsuk: The Milwaukee teachers union's dicey call for 'bold action' could backfire," 4 May 2018 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

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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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