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ERIC Number: EJ1230497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-956X
The Forgotten "Brown" Case: "Briggs v. Elliott" and Its Legacy in South Carolina
Allen, Delia B.
Peabody Journal of Education, v94 n4 p442-467 2019
There is not much debate regarding the "Brown" decision and the significance of the foundation it provided for access to equal educational opportunity and the school funding litigation movement; however, it is important to recognize that the inception of "Brown" can be traced back to a small rural town in South Carolina. Three years before the Supreme Court heard "Brown v. Board," the legal strategy to attack separate but equal was formed in Summerton, South Carolina, with "Briggs v. Elliott." "Briggs" was the first school funding lawsuit in South Carolina. More than 65 years after the first school funding lawsuit was filed in the state of South Carolina, rural school districts are still waiting for the state to provide adequate educational opportunity for poor, rural, mostly Black students. The schools in these districts are arguably still segregated, still unequal, and still inadequate. The purpose of this article is to examine the history and legacy of "Briggs v. Elliot." The article begins with exploring the historical legal background of education finance litigation in South Carolina. This is followed by a snapshot of the prevalence of school segregation and educational inadequacies of the rural school districts represented in "Briggs" and recent lawsuits. Furthermore, the article discusses the role and function of the courts regarding South Carolina education, in addition to enacted legislation and the role of race. The article concludes with implications regarding policy and potential future legal strategies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education
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