Monroe v. Board of Commissioners

Monroe v. Board of Commissioners (1968) involved the adequacy of the city of Jackson, Tennessee's, plan to desegregate its public schools in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. Monroe is another one of the cases in which the Supreme Court reviewed the efforts of school boards, finding that it developed and administered a plan that allowed it to remain segregated. The Court remanded Monroe for modifications to create a unitary school system.

Facts of the Case

A state law from 1954 required racially segregated schools in Tennessee. The city had eight elementary schools, three junior high schools, and two senior high schools. Five elementary schools, two junior high schools, and one senior high school were for Whites. After Brown, the state adopted a ...

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