Massachusetts’ METCO program (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity) enables about 3,300 students who live in Boston and Springfield to attend opportunity-rich suburban schools. Since the vast majority of the students in METCO are either African American or Latino and most suburban districts remain overwhelmingly white, METCO fulfills two goals: it creates a degree of racial and ethnic diversity and provides students who’d otherwise attend challenged school districts the opportunity to attend schools with reputations for rigor and excellence.
About Gina Chirichigno
Gina Chirichigno, formerly a researcher and program coordinator at CHHIRJ, is a post-doctoral researcher at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Racial Imbalance Advisory Council, which reports to the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Additionally, she is a consultant to research institutes and other educational programs on issues related to race, equal opportunity and the law. Gina is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and earned her law degree at Howard University.