The NAACP presents the Boston School Committee with a list of 154 demands for public school improvement.
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.
Boston Redevelopment Authority director Edward Logue proposes a school integration plan that would bus Boston students to suburban schools. The plan does not move forward.
Massachusetts passes the Racial Imbalance Act. Despite the new law, students of color in Boston remain heavily concentrated in underperforming schools.
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 movement.
The Brookline School Committee seeks guidance from black community leaders in developing a school transfer program.
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.
The METCO bill is signed into law.
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.
Jean McGuire becomes the fourth executive director of METCO. She leads the organization for the next 43 years. It becomes a Boston-area institution, helping thousands of students learn and grow up with diverse classmates and excellent educational opportunities, and go on to be civic leaders and accomplished community members. If you're one of them, join the METCO Alumni Network!
Ten years after its start, a total of 37 receiving districts had signed on to host METCO students.
METCO celebrates its 50th anniversary, serving over 3,300 students in over 190 public schools across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Board of Directors appoints community activist and METCO parent Milly Arbaje-Thomas to be the first CEO of METCO.