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Rise & Shine: Here’s what research says about whether desegregation busing worked

Good morning,

Last week's Democratic presidential debate has renewed discussions about whether busing to achieve desegregation was effective. Candidate Kamala Harris criticized fellow presidential hopeful Joe Biden for his opposition to court-ordered desegregation in the 1970s. Chalkbeat looked at the research for answers on busing and school integration. Since public schools in many places are still largely segregated by race and socioeconomic status, the answers may surprise you.

— Jacinthia Jones, bureau chief

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