The Racial Justice Project is pleased to announce its Supreme Court Report for the October 2008 Term. The report previews the coming term, with a focus on those cases with implications for racial justice issues. The upcoming cases deal with redistricting, state and federal power over tribal lands, and mandatory collective bargaining agreements.
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This paper discusses the U.S. Supreme Court case Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 and the delicate holding issued by a plurality of the Justices, in which the voluntary school desegregation plans of Seattle and Jefferson County, Kentucky were struck down as violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Paying particular attention to Justice Kennedy’s enigmatic concurring opinion, this paper argues that the constitutionality of Jefferson County’s similarly administered teacher disbursement policy may have garnered five votes had the school district not settled the lawsuit against it. Perhaps more importantly, though, conducting the analysis highlights the apparent contradictions in and absurdity of the Court’s Equal Protection jurisprudence and the practical effect this has on efforts to combat the resegregation of America’s public schools.
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