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ERIC Number: EJ967727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1553-9318
The Seattle Decision on Race and Public Schools: Implications for Special Education
Barrett, David E.; Katsiyannis, Antonis
TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, v4 n6 Article 6 Jul 2008
In a recent ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court in "Parents v. Seattle" (Parents Involved, 2007) determined that race cannot be the sole factor in the assignment of children to public schools. The court also identified the conditions which would justify the use of race in assigning children to schools. In this article we (a) provide a historical background to the Supreme Court decision, (b) summarize the facts and analyze the reasoning of the majority and dissenting opinions in the decision, and (c) address the implications of the "Parents v. Seattle" decision for the field of special education. We suggest that at present the Court appears determined to weight substantive educational gains for students more heavily than social integration in evaluating the constitutionality of school policies aimed at equalizing opportunities for students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington