The state legislature passes Massachusetts General Law Chapter 76, Section 12A, which grants school committees the right to “adopt a plan for attendance at its schools by any child who resides in another city, town, or regional school district in which racial imbalance...exists in a public school [in order to] eliminate such racial imbalance.” It makes the Commonwealth of Massachusetts financially responsible for any town that wishes to enroll students from outside the district for the purpose of racial integration (subject to legislative budget decisions). METCO, Inc., has executed this program ever since.
Amid the intensifying tensions of the Civil Rights Movement, METCO is asked to lead a conference called "The Voice of the Student" at Wellesley College. Roxbury and suburban youth gather to discuss what they would change about the communities they live in. Boston students say "the buildings," and suburban students say "the people."