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Mayor's right to challenge busing order up for ruling

With two major school desegregation cases already pending, the US Supreme Court has a similar dispute with a new twist: questioning whether a mayor can challenge court-ordered busing in his city.

The mayor of Buffalo, N.Y., is arguing that since he has to come up with money for a transportation plan, he should be able to contest a federal court order to bus students.

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School desegregation cases in most cities usually involve suits by civil rights groups against local boards of education. Seldom are mayors named as formal parties to the suits.

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