Are we returning to segregated schools in Hillsborough County?


Andrew Manning was the original plaintiff in the NAACP legal Defense Fund lawsuit against the Hillsborough County School Board, alleging that as an elementary school student in 1959 he was being given a substandard education at his segregated elementary school (Dunbar) in west Tampa. Manning's lawsuit led to the 1971 federal court-ordered school busing. He claims that despite years of busing the school district is still not adequately integrated. Now the school district is trying to end the busing order. Bill Person, the HCSD's director of student assignment, discussed the district's School Choice initiative, which would give parents more choices on where to send their children as well as invest more money in low-income neighborhood schools.

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