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Kaffer: Biden's past position puts new spotlight on school busing's complex legacy

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As a middle and high school student in Alabama, Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer was bused to school as part of a desegregation effort. Today, Kaffer sees a complex legacy from busing policies.

In the presidential campaign, Democrat Joe Biden’s past positions on school busing have become an issue. Growing up in Alabama, Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer was bused as a result of a desegregation lawsuit. That experience has left her with questions about the legacy of those busing policies today.

Kaffer joined Michigan Radio's Morning Edition host Doug Tribou to talk about her experiences and the role of a legal case started in Michigan that shaped policies on busing in the 1970s and beyond.

Kaffer wrote about busing in a column for the Free Press titled, "I was bused to school. It wasn't enough." 

Doug Tribou joined the Michigan Radio staff as the host of Morning Edition in June 2016. Doug first moved to Michigan in 2015 when he was awarded a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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