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Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2006
By accepting two appeals on the voluntary use of race in assigning students to public schools, the U.S. Supreme Court will likely decide the constitutionality of widespread practices that school districts use to promote diversity. And the decision could affect schools in unforeseen ways. In both cases, parents of white children have challenged…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Federal Courts, Student Diversity, Public Schools
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2006
School leaders attest to educational and social benefits from diversity. They argue that local housing patterns historically tend to separate families of different races and may lead to schools that are racially homogeneous if the districts do not counter them with assignment policies that consider race. This article discusses race in education…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Constitutional Law, Student Diversity, School Desegregation
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2006
In its new term, the justices will review a challenge to a student-assignment policy adopted by the Seattle school board in 1997 to enhance racial diversity at its 10 high schools, including Ballard High, beginning in the 1998-99 school year. Under the policy, which has been suspended since 2002 pending the outcome of the legal challenge, students…
Descriptors: Race, Ethnicity, Minority Groups, Boards of Education
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2006
In this article, the author reports that sophomores who take the Washington Assessment of Student Learning this week will be the first who must pass the state exam to graduate. The long-awaited testing has caused anxiety across the state, as hopes that Washington will enter a new era of educational accountability are balanced by fears of turmoil…
Descriptors: Exit Examinations, High Stakes Tests, High School Students, Testing