Op-ed: State should expand METCO

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on

By Cheryl Brown Henderson and Jim Stergios

The Boston Globe | MARCH 08, 2017

THE 50TH anniversary of the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (Metco), which allows about 3,300 Boston and Springfield students to attend school in surrounding districts, provides a good opportunity to take stock of the program and, in doing so, compare it with the intent of the landmark 1954 United States Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

In its opinion, the court wrote that education is the “most important function of state and local governments. . . . It is doubtful that any child can be reasonably expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity . . . is a right that must be made available to all on equal terms.” Metco exemplifies the court’s pronouncement. Read the rest of this op-ed in The Boston Globe.