Making a Difference through METCO
The METCO program, which serves about 3,300 students in Boston and Springfield, provides an important school choice option for urban students in Massachusetts.
METCO Students from Boston and Springfield:
For years now, Pioneer Institute has advocated for greater school choice, especially for students of color and the underprivileged from inner cities. The METCO program grew out of efforts to desegregate schools in the greater Boston area in the wake of the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. It has paved the way toward success for tens of thousands of children by transporting urban students to suburban schools. METCO students demonstrate remarkable success, including increased graduation rates and test scores outpacing state averages. Yet, the program’s funding has grown only incrementally over the past few years. METCO had a waitlist of over 9,000 students, and its budget cannot accommodate this demand.
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