The Prince George's County NAACP branch came out last night against the latest plan to reduce school busing in the county, saying it raises false hope.
The plan, drafted by a citizens' advisory committee, would allow about 3,800 elementary school students to attend schools closer to their neighborhoods.
John Rosser, chairman of the NAACP education committee, told the County Board of Education last night that the plan "presents a false hope that busing for purposes of desegregation can be separated from integration. The plan suggests that neighborhood schools and reduced busing have some redeeming value in and of themselves."
Rosser spoke at the second of two hearings the board has held at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. The proposal to revise the court-ordered busing plan in effect since 1973 has drawn vigorous opposition, much of it from blacks.
The board is scheduled to consider the plan at its meeting April 10.
County NAACP President Josie Bass told the board last night, "you have heard how the citizens . . . feel about this plan. We're opposed to any plan that resegregates the schools and does not deal effectively with the problems of delivering a quality education to all the children of Prince George's County."
The plan's proponents argue that reducing busing would halt "white flight" and strengthen the public school system.