If it was Lydia Wright who helped push mandatory busing - it may well be Sam Hoyt who sets the stage to end it. Hoyt said that among his top priorities this year is to restore confidence in, and improve the quality of Buffalo’s public school system, and part of that seems to be the need to end busing.
"The Schools are in good shape," Hoyt says, "but it could be better... We need to return to neighborhood schools... in the old days (before court ordered busing) the neighborhood school was the center of the community. You went to school with your neighbor; you played with your neighbor; you
played little league. with your neighbor. Today my son buses every day nearly 50 minutes to South Buffalo. Neighborhood schools are something we ought to place as a priority. People don’t want their children to be bused half way across the city, as opposed to walking to school with your neighbor."