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

Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 (PICS, 2005, 2007), which was combined with Meredith v. Jefferson County Public Schools (2007), stands out as the U.S. Supreme Court's most recent case addressing the constitutionality of race-conscious admissions plans. The Court struck down both plans in PICS in a plurality opinion in a consolidated appeal.

Facts of the Case

The disputes arose when two school systems, one in Seattle, Washington, the other in Louisville, Kentucky, voluntarily adopted race-conscious student assignment plans as both a remedial measure to address de facto segregation and, concomitantly, to achieve the educational goal of a diverse student body that would be reflective of the racial make-up of the entire school district community. Both plans evolved from many years of ...

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