Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Court limits use of race in school admissions

On June 28, 2007 the Supreme Court limited the use of race when assigning students to public schools. The court split, 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts announcing the court’s judgment.

The petitioners (parents in Seattle, WA and Louisville, KY) filed suit against the Seattle and Louisville school districts contending that classifying and assigning students to schools based on race violated the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection guarantee.

Read more about the two cases and the Supreme Court's decision in CNN's article "Divided court rejects school diversity plans" and "Divided Court Limits Use of Race by School Districts" in the Washington Post.

To read the Supreme Court's decision click here. To read the decision from Brown v. Board of Education (1955) click here.

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