Re-evaluating how to integrate schools

June 29, 2007
School systems try to assess how Supreme Court's ruling affects them.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down voluntary programs to integrate schools in Seattle and Louisville, Ky., has left hundreds of school districts struggling to assess whether they must change policies that use race as a factor in school assignments. Many lawyers say the ruling will not end a half century of litigation over school desegregation but rather reignite it, as school districts turn to alternative methods for achieving diversity.
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SIDEBAR: The five opinions that made up the decision limiting the use of race in assigning students to public schools referred to Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 school desegregation case, some 90 times. But lawyers who represented the black schoolchildren in the Brown case say several justices in the majority misinterpreted positions and misunderstood the true meaning of Brown.
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Earlier: The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected integration plans in two major public school districts, but left the door open for the limited use of race to achieve diversity in schools. The decision in cases affecting how students are assigned to schools in Louisville, Ky., and Seattle could imperil similar plans in hundreds of districts nationwide, and it further restricted how public school systems may attain racial diversity.
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