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The Future of School Desegregation Law: The Louisville and Seattle Cases (2007)

Over 40 friend-of-the-court briefs were filed by civil rights, civic, and education groups in the "voluntary school integration cases" (Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education). These cases in the U.S. Supreme Court may determine whether local school districts can voluntarily consider race in school assignments, in order to promote school integration. For basic fact sheets on the Louisville and Seattle cases, and a manual on voluntary K-12 school integration, go to

PRRAC helped to organize a Brief on Housing Scholars and Research and Advocacy Organizations, to discuss the "reciprocal relationship" between housing and school segregation, and the need for school integration programs to counter residential segregation patterns, which are heavily influenced by governmental policy and private discrimination.

Statement of PRRAC's Executive Director on the Decision in Parents Involved in Community Schools

Selected Amicus Briefs in the PICS Case

Voluntary School Integration in Hartford and Boston

Selected Resources Post-PICS

  • Gina Chirichigno, "Student Assignment After Seattle & Louisville" (from the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute’s March 2010 "Golden Opportunity Summit" on educational equity in the Boston public schools)

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