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 Susan Eaton
Susan Eaton is research director at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice (CHHIRJ) at Harvard Law School. She is author of "The Other Boston Busing Story" (Yale, 2001), which explores the adult lives of African American men and women who had participated in METCO. Her most recent book, The Children in Room E4: American Education on Trial (Algonquin, 2009) weaves the stories of an urban neighborhood school and a contemporary civil rights trial in Hartford, Connecticut. She holds a doctorate in education from Harvard.