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Name of Creator:Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc.
Title:Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc. records
Date:1961-2005 (bulk 1966-1995)
Reference Code:M101
Location Code:62/1-61/4, 57/1, FF5/D6-7
Extent:145.5 cubic ft. (144 boxes, 1 flat file drawer)
Scope and Content Abstract:The records of the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Incorporated (METCO, Inc.) date from 1961-2005. They document the central administration's efforts to provide the city of Boston and the Boston suburbs with a voluntary school desegregation program. The documentation includes the records of directors and other administrators; Board of Directors correspondence, reports, and meeting minutes; financial material including grant proposals; transportation bids, documentation of vendor activities and relations, and records pertaining to the management of the Transportation Department; public relations material; records relating to school departments and curricula; student records; and audio-visual material.
Historical Abstract:Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Incorporated (METCO, Inc.) is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1966 to eliminate racial imbalance by busing children from Boston and Springfield to suburban public schools in 38 suburban communities. The program was created more than three decades ago by educational collaborators, parents, and suburban citizens from metropolitan Boston and Boston's suburbs as a voluntary desegregation program. Its mission is "to provide, through professional leadership and voluntary citizen action, the development and promotion of quality integrated educational opportunities for urban and suburban students in the greater Boston community and to work toward the expansion of a collaborative education program with the Boston and suburban school systems." As of 2005, the program places more than 3,400 of Boston's minority students (African American, Asian, and Hispanic) into suburban schools. METCO, Inc. is funded by the Massachusetts Legislature as a result of the Racial Imbalance Act. It is the nation's oldest voluntary school desegregation program.
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Arrangement:Organized into 6 series: 1. Administration; 2. Placement; 3. Curriculum; 4. Student and Family Support Services; 5. School District Support Services; and 6. Transportation.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (Boston, Mass.)
  • Metco Program (Mass.)

  • African Americans -- Education -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Boston (Mass.) -- Race relations
  • Busing for school integration -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
  • School integration -- Massachusetts
  • Segregation in education

Restrictions:Files containing student information are restricted for 75 years from the date of their creation. Please contact the University Archivist for more information.
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.
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Processor:Finding aid prepared by Rachel Chatalbash, August 2005