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Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School Dist. No. 1

Docket No.: 05-908
Certiorari Granted: 6/5/2006
Argued: December 4, 2006
Decided: June 28, 2007

Topics:

Equal Protection, First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Affirmative Action, civil rights, Civil Rights, Civil Rights Act, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Defamation, Desegregation, Equal Protection Clause, Equal Protection, judicial review, Natural Resources, patent, public education, public schools, racial discrimination, racial segregation, stare decisis, Union

PartyNames: Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, et al.
Petitioner: Parents Involved in Community Schools
Respondent: Seattle School District No. 1, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Parents Involved in Community Schools
v.
Seattle School District No. 1, et al.
551 U.S. 701 (2007)
Question Presented:

(1) How are the Equal Protection rights of public high school students affected by the jurisprudence of Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003), and Gratz v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 244 (2003)? (2) Is racial diversity a compelling interest that can justify the use of race in selecting students for admission to public high schools? (3) May a school district that is not racially segregated and that normally permits a student to attend any high school of her choosing deny a child admission to her chosen school solely because of her race in an effort to achieve a desired racial balance in particular schools, or does such racial balancing violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?

Note:

WILL BE ARGUED IN TANDEM WITH 05-915.

Holding: judgment reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 5 votes for Parents Involved in Community Schools, 4 vote(s) against
Vote: 5-4
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