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In looking for school busing solution, Mayor Duggan confronts legacy of 1974 Supreme Court decision

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Shinichi Sugiyama
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Baugh called Duggan's proposal "a promising development" for busing in Detroit, but there's a long, complicated history at play.

 

One of the key proposals in Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s State of the City address last month was a new busing system that would serve both district and charter schools. 

The announcement brought to mind Detroit's fraught history with school busing. The city's schools –  along with nearly every urban school system in the country – are still living with the legacy of the 1974 Supreme Court decision on busing in the case of Milliken v. Bradley.


 

Joyce Baugh, Professor Emerita of Political Science and Public Administration at Central Michigan University, joined Stateside to talk about the case. 

 

Listen to the conversation above to hear Baugh's thoughts on Duggan's plan, how the Supreme Court case impacted Detroit's history, and how we're seeing the legacy of the decision resurface now in Detroit's education landscape.

 

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