US Supreme Court expected to rule on Seattle school racial case


The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision Thursday on the school racial balancing case from Seattle.

The court heard arguments in December on cases from Seattle and Louisville that could affect hundreds of school districts across the nation.

The Seattle School District used to use a race-based “tiebreaker” to assign some students to high schools in the interest of diversity. A parents group called that illegal discrimination and sued.

An appeals court upheld Seattle’s system, but the district hasn’t used it since 2002.

The Supreme Court decision is expected to tell districts nationwide how far they can go in using race to assign students to schools.

– Associated Press

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