University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review

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More than 50 years after Brown v. Board of Education, in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District, the Supreme Court issued a much anticipated, sharply divided opinion concerning the conscious use of a student’s "race" in plans to desegregate now de facto segregated public schools. The Court found unconstitutional the race-inclusive methods used by the Seattle and Louisville public school officials who were attempting to create racially integrated schools.

In order to understand the full impact of the Supreme Court’s recent decisions regarding school desegregation, an analysis of the Seattle and Louisville plans and the Court’s reasoning are necessary. This note will (1) consider the desegregation plans in the school districts in Seattle and Louisville and (2) analyze the Supreme Court’s reasoning. The note will also attempt to explain finding a solution by building new alliances after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Parents Involved.