New PDF release: Against Segregation in America's Schools

By Stephen Breyer,Thiru Vignarajah

“A choice the court docket and the state will come to regret.”

Ten years in the past, the us splendid courtroom struck down neighborhood university board projects intended to opposite severe racial segregation in public faculties. The sharply divided 5-4 choice in Parents desirous about group colleges v. Seattle college District marked the top of an period of efforts by means of neighborhood gurus to satisfy the promise of racially built-in schooling anticipated through the superb courtroom in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education. In a searing landmark dissent, Justice Stephen Breyer warned this used to be “a choice the courtroom and the kingdom will come to regret.” A decade later, the unabated resegregation of America’s faculties keeps to verify Justice Breyer’s fears, as many faculties and faculty districts around the nation are extra racially segregated at the present time than they have been within the overdue 1960s.

Edited and brought by means of Justice Breyer’s former legislation clerk—and observed by means of a sobering replace at the country of segregated faculties in the USA today—this quantity includes the complete textual content of Justice Breyer’s so much impassioned opinion, a dissent that Justice John Paul Stevens referred to as on the time “eloquent and unanswerable.” The cautionary phrases of Justice Breyer should still echo in school rooms around the state and within the hearts and minds of oldsters and schoolchildren everywhere.

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