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The Nation : Norfolk Will End Busing

April 15, 1986

The Norfolk, Va., school board voted unanimously to end 15 years of busing for racial balance and return to a system of neighborhood elementary schools next fall, an effort to stem white flight to surrounding cities. "The question is how do we maintain a stably desegregated school system for the next 20 years," said Thomas G. Johnson Jr., chairman of the school board. Henry L. Marsh III, lawyer for busing supporters, said that he would seek a federal court injunction against the plan, which would leave enrollments at 10 of the 35 elementary schools virtually all black.

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