Grade and High School use of Racial Preferences

Of course, the infamous Louisville and Seattle cases are pending before the Supreme Court right now. For the historical background of this case see Seattle and Jefferson County. (<=This post is almost 1 yr. old.) Also see NEWS UPDATE 05/03/07.

Jessica Haak was accepted into Rochester’s school transfer program, but then school administrators discovered she was white. Then the shucking and jiving really began.

The Boston Latin School case is really old, but it is a classic of this genre.

– Tim Fay

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  1. Tim Fay Says:



    HEADLINE:  High Court to Rule on Affirmative Action - Again
    Originally posted 5/3/2007

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The decision in a U. S. Supreme Court case that could weaken or overturn the favorable ruling for affirmative action in the University of Michigan Law School case three years ago and Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, will likely be announced in coming weeks.

    Civil rights advocates are bracing for the worse.

    “I think that it will unsettle plans by conscientious school districts, surveyors and educators,” says Harvard University law professor Charles Ogletree, who was in the courtroom to hear the arguments last fall.

    “There was little enthusiasm among the majority of the justices to support a voluntary integration plan that both Louisville, Kentucky and Seattle, Wash. had devised to protect the interest of children.”

    Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education (Kentucky), could end voluntary programs that use race in order to maintain racial integration in public schools.

    If it happens, activists, scholars and civil rights experts say they would turn to the Democratically-controlled Congress to enact legislation that could offset the roll back.

    “Blacks have the power right now to help determine the agenda of the U. S. Congress. We’ve never had that power before,” says the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. He was referring to Black influence in the Democratic Party and the escalated level of Congressional Black Caucus power in Congress.

    Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) now chairs the House Judiciary Committee, which could push for passage of measures to compensate for blows to affirmative action.

    Says Jackson, “We were completely locked out of power… Now, our point of view matters because we can alter legislation.” -30-

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