The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) is a state-funded program designed to eliminate racial imbalance through the busing of children of color from Boston and Springfield to public school systems in surrounding suburban communities.
The initiative for the program can be traced to the concern for quality education in the Black community, spearheaded by the Boston Chapter of the NAACP in the early 1960′s. Urban and suburban parents joined together to form a cooperative program of education for the benefit of both communities in 1965. In the fall of 1966, 220 Boston students in grades K-11 attended suburban schools in seven (7) towns, 28 schools altogether. The program now involves 37 school districts (33 in the greater Boston area and four in the greater Springfield area) and more than 3000 students and has a long waiting list.
Concord’s and the regional high school’s participation began in September of 1967 when 20 students attended Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. Over the years, the program has expanded so that now approximately 200 students from Boston attend school in Concord and at the region in grades K-12.
The purpose of the METCO program is to provide a quality education and a more diverse cultural experience for all students attending school in Concord and at the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School.