Education: Forced Busing and White Flight

New school study seems to link them closer than ever

Back in 1975, Chicago Sociologist James Coleman, having looked at the early figures, felt called upon to report what most Americans thought they knew already: court-ordered busing to achieve racial balance in large U.S. cities and to ensure that more blacks and whites go to school together was causing a great deal of David Armor white flight from city schools.

If the finding came as no great surprise, its source was a considerable shock. Coleman was the man whose 1966 report, Equality of Educational...