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   Divided court rejects school diversity plans

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6/28/2007 5:00 pm

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CNN

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Entered 6/28/2007, Updated 6/28/2007

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A bitterly divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued what is likely to be a landmark opinion -- ruling that race cannot be a factor in the assignment of children to public schools. The court struck down public school choice plans in Seattle, Washington, and Louisville, Kentucky, concluding they relied on an unconstitutional use of racial criteria, in a sharply worded pair of cases reflecting the deep legal and social divide over the issue of race and education. Similar plans already in place or being proposed across the country could be in danger as a result of a ruling, which would sharply limit the power of local governments to achieve diversity using race-based criteria. A conservative majority led by Chief Justice John Roberts said other means besides race considerations should be used to achieve diversity in schools.


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