On September 3, 1976, the Dayton, Ohio, public schools were peacefully desegregated. Under a federal court order, some twenty thousand black and white children were transported to schools across the city without incident. The national press gave Dayton high marks for the smoothness with which the extensive measures were carried out. Judith Bogart, a community relations consultant who worked on implementing the desegregation plan, said: "When school started, there were fewer problems than usual for the opening of a school year. That was because of the extensive preparation for desegregation."