June 1963 — A list of 154 demands for public school improvement is presented to the Boston School Committee by the NAACP.
February 1964 — Twenty thousand students of color, plan and stage a school boycott. Suburban white students join their peers of color at "Freedom Schools," which were organized in Black churches and community centers to protest against racial and educational inequity in Boston public schools.
May 1965 — Boston Redevelopment Authority director Edward Logue proposes a school integration plan that would bus Boston students to suburban schools. The plan is not moved forward.
August 1965 — Massachusetts passes the Racial Imbalance Act. Despite the new law, students of color in Boston remain heavily concentrated in under-performing Schools.
September 1965 — Taking matters into their own hands, two African-American parents, Ellen Jackson and Elizabeth Johnson, lead “Operation Exodus," enrolling 400 Boston students in mostly White suburban schools that volunteered to join the Exodus movement.
November 1965 — The Brookline School Committee seeks guidance from Black community leaders in developing a school transfer program.
December 1965 — The “METCO Bill” is filed in the state legislature. The bill would provide funding and support for the creation of the school transfer program that parents had been advocating for.
August 1966 — METCO bill is signed into law.
September 1966 — Two hundred twenty METCO students (grades K-11) take the first bus rides to classrooms in seven original suburban districts: Arlington, Braintree, Brookline, Lexington, Lincoln, Newton, and Wellesley.
1976 — Ten years after its start, a total of 37 receiving districts had signed on to host METCO students.
2018 -- METCO celebrates its 50th anniversary, now serving over 3,300 students in over 190 public schools across the Commonweatlh