Supreme Court: Decisions on Race

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 28, 2007, against two districts' plans that used race as a factor in assigning K-12 students to schools but allowed for some consideration of race in admissions. The court said integration plans in the Seattle and Jefferson County, Ky., districts violated the equal-protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

• Read the court's decision.

• Join the related discussion: TalkBack: Court Limits Use of Race in School Assignments.

Below is a selection of Education Week's coverage of the court's decision.

Many educators are recommitting themselves to strive for racial diversity in K-12 education, but the court's decision has left them speculating about which tactics will withstand legal challenges.
July 18, 2007 | Updated: June 21, 2018 – Education Week

What's left for educators after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling?, ask Gary Orfield and Erica Frankenberg in this Education Week Commentary.
July 18, 2007 – Education Week

A new report surveys the use of students’ socioeconomic status in pursuit of diverse and high-achieving school populations in a dozen school districts.
July 2, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

The National Academy of Education calls race-conscious policies "the most effective means of achieving racial diversity in schools."
June 29, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

The recent Supreme Court decision limiting race-based school assignments means districts must consider whether to try alternative means to keep schools integrated.
June 28, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

School officials and traditional civil rights groups decried the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on race-based admissions, while others hailed the decision as a victory again reverse discrimination.
June 28, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week on the constitutionality of using race as a tool in assigning students to public schools, in two cases in which advocates on both sides claim to be defending the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education and the nation’s commitment to equality.
December 13, 2006 – Education Week

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Diversity on the Docket
In its new term, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider two potentially landmark cases on whether public schools may take race into account in assigning students to schools. Here are the stories of those cases.
October 4, 2006 – Education Week

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