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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Recent Examples on the Web But some in Biden’s orbit, including his wife, Jill, are wary of Harris after her debate-stage attack last summer on Biden’s record on school busing and because Harris’s team was aggressive in trying to place negative stories about him in the press. Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg.com, "Biden Tackles Running Mate Decision Under Shadow of Virus Fight," 10 May 2020 The only person who faced a tough question was former Vice President Joe Biden, whose past statements on public busing, and his clash with Sen. Kamala Harris over the issue, became a campaign brouhaha. WSJ, "Democratic Presidential Debate, Round Three -- Live Analysis," 13 Sep. 2019 Gone altogether are assemblies, cafeteria lunches and busing, Wiles said. Konstantin Toropin, CNN, "This private school in Idaho has reopened. Here's what the new normal looks like there," 6 May 2020 Harris, one of two African Americans who were in the race for the Democratic nomination, went after Biden early in the primary process for his decades-old comments praising segregationist senators and opposing busing to enforce desegregation. Stefan Becket, CBS News, "Kamala Harris endorses Joe Biden, citing "proven track record of getting things done"," 8 Mar. 2020 The current plan would add more busing and longer bus times for students. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Should Palmyra-Eagle have a four-day school week? Here's what the district's school board candidates want.," 18 Mar. 2020 On the debate stage in June, the Senator criticized Biden for his past opposition to school busing and comments on working with segregationist senators. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Joe Biden said 'of course' he would consider Kamala Harris as his Vice President pick," 5 Dec. 2019 Harris made perhaps the biggest impression in the first series of debates by challenging Biden over his comments about race and busing. Chris Morris, Fortune, "How to Watch the Second Round of Democratic Debates for Free—Even Without Cable," 30 July 2019 Harris stood out from the stage of 10 most remarkably during an exchange with former Vice President Joe Biden over segregation and busing. CBS News, "Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Marianne Williamson won Google search war," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of busing

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of busing was in 1879

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31 May 2020

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“Busing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busing. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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