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 His goals have included offering more busing to provide access to more educational options. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2022 The City of Detroit is served by the Detroit Department of Transportation for its busing needs. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 15 July 2022 South Boston politician Louise Day Hicks came to personify the working-class white resistance to busing, which was met with violence in some corners of the city and cemented Boston’s national reputation as racist. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2022 Congregants have long supported progressive causes, including civil rights, desegregation and busing, and AIDS and gender issues. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2022 Over the decades that followed, JCPS whittled down its busing program, with the Black community shouldering the burden of keeping schools integrated while their local options suffered. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 2 June 2022 During an April 6 press conference launching the additional efforts, Abbott did not explain that the busing is voluntary for immigrants. ProPublica, 30 Apr. 2022 The busing was the most pointed of a slew of measures announced Wednesday. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 Twin Courier Journal investigations into busing and magnet schools agreed, showing JCPS has routinely failed to do right by some of its most disenfranchised students and communities. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 27 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of busing

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Aug 2022

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“Busing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busing. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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