ERIC Number: ED478277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jun-6
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts: Samantha J. Comfort, on Behalf of Her Minor Child and Friend, Elizabeth Neumyer, et al., Plaintiffs, v. Lynn School Committee, et al., Defendants, and, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Defendant-Intervenor. Todd Bollen, et al., Plaintiffs, v. Lynn School Committee, et al., Defendants.
In this litigation, parents of elementary school students in Lynn, Massachusetts, challenge their city's school assignment plan, the Lynn Plan, because it takes race into account in permitting children to transfer from their neighborhood schools to other schools within the district. Since implementation of the Lynn Plan entitles the Lynn Public Schools to certain additional aid from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under the state's Racial Imbalance Act, the plaintiffs also challenge the state law on its face and as applied in this case. Both the Lynn Plan and the state laws under which it was enacted, they say, violate the Constitutions of the United States and Massachusetts, as well as various federal civil rights statutes. They petition the Court to invalidate the Lynn Plan and enjoin the defendants from employing racial classifications in student assignments and in the distribution of state aid. The Court dismisses the plaintiffs' claims and enters judgment in favor of the defendants. It concludes that nothing in the constitutional or statutory law of the United States or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts mandates dismantling of the Lynn Plan and thus undermining defendants' efforts to run a thriving, multiracial, and successful school system. (SM)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Note: Produced by U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts.