Wade, Juanita B. (interviewee)
From a series of audio recordings with members of Boston's Black community about the busing crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Wade was a teacher in Boston public schools during the busing crisis and earned election to the Boston School Committee. She became a critic of the emphasis on desegregation rather than choice, equity, and educational quality, arguing that it diluted the power of African Americans to control their community schools. Discussion of Wade's involvement in education; early opposition to the desegregation plan, preferring to focus on freedom of choice, quality of education, and adequacy of resources; defining quality of education; School Committee; current issues in the school system and conservative ideas about education, bilingualism, and "back to basics".