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ERIC Number: EJ919372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
The Path of Diversity in K-12 Educational Institutions
Hunter, Richard C.
School Business Affairs, v75 n10 p25-27 Nov 2009
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions in cases involving school districts in Seattle, Washington, and Louisville, Kentucky, seem to indicate that the United States is moving away from diversity in its public schools. In "Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1" (2007) and "Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education" (2007), the high court forbade those districts from assigning pupils to schools based on race, even when their efforts reduced racial isolation and increased student diversity. Legal experts predicted that the Supreme Court would strike down the use of race-conscious admission policies in the public schools in these two cases because of the change in the Court's composition. Recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court have rejected the use of race-conscious policies to remedy past racial discrimination, including the "Milliken v. Bradley" school desegregation case, the 1978 affirmative action decision in "Regents of the University of California v. Bakke," and the Court's recent decision in the Seattle and Louisville school desegregation cases. In the latter, the Court held that race-based student admission decisions could not be made unless there was clear evidence of state-imposed segregation. According to evidence, segregation is harmful to children's education. This knowledge continues to suggest that there is a sense of urgency to create learning institutions for public school students with racially and ethnically diverse student bodies. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; United States; Washington