Although all schools are currently in compliance with the guideline, the district has not always followed it strictly, and some who see a link between busing and achievement would just as soon see it modified or discontinued.
The school district provides busing for children who live at least 1.
But the district did provide statistics that show busing was particularly heavy in the 5th Ward, where 80 percent of elementary school students were black in 2001-02.
Busing opponents believe students who walk to school have advantages: They can avoid waiting for buses in the cold and dark during the winter.
If, in fact, we are going to get down to really closing the achievement gap, [the busing is] something that needs to be alleviated," said 5th Ward Alderman Joe Kent, who teaches 3rd grade at Washington Elementary School on Evanston's south side.