Community Schools vs. Seattle School District No. 1

Community Schools vs. Seattle School District No. 1 - Kyle...

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Kyle Granby September 14, 2007 Business 130 Prof. Kessler 1. The opinion that Chief Justice Roberts was saying is that making kids go to a certain school based on their race was unconstitutional. Even though the goal of the Seattle School District was to have more diversity in the school, they were still making kids go to a certain school, because of their race. The case could not be justified, because of the effects of past discrimination with schools. The case could also not be justified, because of the decision mad in the Grutter v. Bollinger case. In the Grutter v. Bollinger case it was decided that the desire for diversity in high education could be constitutional when it was based on what each student as an individual brings to the school, with racial or ethnic origin being one of the factors of the package. (The Race-Based School Assignment Cases -- Chief Justice Roberts' Opinion) Another part of Roberts’ opinion goes against the argument that racial assignments can be justified by the educational benefits of having a more diverse environment in schools. Roberts did not think there could a large degree to which racial diversity could benefit students socially and educationally. He completely went against the school districts' defense, because he felt the racial assignments they used were not “tailored” to the goal of achieving the educational and social benefits that was said to be able to come 1
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from racial diversity. (The Race-Based School Assignment Cases -- Chief Justice Roberts' Opinion) Roberts also stated that Justice Breyer misused previous Supreme court decisions that were made in this area. Roberts said that the final decision in this case did not silently overrule the decision made in the Grutter v. Bollinger case, like Justice Breyer believed it did. (Parents Involved in
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