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Courts and KidsPursuing Educational Equity through the State Courts$
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Michael A. Rebell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226706191

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226706184.001.0001

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Courts and Kids
University of Chicago Press

In 2004, forums and commemorations around the country marked the fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the United States Supreme Court's landmark ruling outlawing school segregation. Most commentators expressed concern that the vision of equal educational opportunity that the Supreme Court had articulated in Brown had not yet been achieved, but many also articulated “a sense of hope” about the possibility of its realization in the future. Three years later, however, the Supreme Court, with newly appointed Chief Justice John Roberts at its helm, substantially thwarted this hope with its ruling in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District. This shift in Supreme Court jurisprudence has resulted in a clear trend of rising resegregation throughout the country. Utilizing a comparative institutional approach, this book proposes a conceptual framework and a practical model for advancing educational equity through an active colloquy between the state courts and the other two branches of state government: the executive and the legislative.

Keywords:   United States, Supreme Court, school segregation, educational equity, state courts, resegregation, John Roberts, Seattle School District

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