Kamala Harris and Joe Biden Avoid Topic of Busing at NEA Forum

Breitbart | 7/4/2019 | Michael Patrick Leahy
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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) avoided addressing the controversial topic of busing in their appearances at the National Education Association (NEA) Forum in Houston on Friday.

Politico reported that former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was the only 2020 Democrat presidential candidate invited to speak at the forum who specifically addressed busing:

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Missing were in-depth discussions over the hot-button issues often heard about in education policy debates like busing, charter schools, school discipline, care for LGBTQ students, child hunger and the Every Student Succeeds Act. They got only passing references or no air time.

Castro did say he supports funding for voluntary busing within school districts, but neither Biden nor Harris addressed the subject. The two have faced questions since Harris confronted Biden over opposition to federally mandated busing in the first Democratic debate in a breakout moment that energized her campaign.

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It was a curious silence over the controversial policy of forced busing that has propelled Harris’s candidacy and deflated Biden’s since the Democrat debate on June 27, during which the California senator tore into Biden for his comments about working with segregationist Democrats who were his U.S. Senate colleagues in the 1970s.

In the week-and-a-half since that debate, Harris has gone from vague statements that suggested she supported a return to forced busing to an equally nuanced statement delivered in Iowa on Wednesday in which she voiced support for voluntary busing as a “tool that is in the toolbox [that] should be considered by a school district” but not the federal government, as the Associated Press reported:

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After a Democratic Party picnic Wednesday in West Des Moines, Harris was asked by reporters whether she supports federally mandated busing.

“I think of busing as being in the toolbox of what is available and what can be used for the goal of...
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