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Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1: Dubious Prospects for Diversity as a Compelling Governmental Interest

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Mark Bradbury Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Interim Director of MPA Program (Creator)
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Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: The Supreme Court applied strict scrutiny to diversification plans for public high school enrollment in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 (2007). Unlike the diversity plan upheld in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), where law school applicants were potentially denied a benefit, all students in the Seattle plan were awarded a high school seat but perhaps not in their preferred school. Nevertheless, this plan was struck down by the Court as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, on the grounds that it was not sufficiently narrowly tailored. The question of whether diversity can withstand the other aspect of strict scrutiny, serving a compelling government interest, was not as definitively answered, although the prospects appear dim. A reasonable inference from Parents Involved for public human resource management is that race-conscious diversity plans are not likely to receive constitutional cover from the current Court.

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Bradbury, M. D. (2008) Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1: Dubious prospects for diversity as a compelling governmental interest. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 28(4): 385-391. (Dec 2008). Published by Sage (ISSN: 0734-371X). DOI:10.1177/0734371X08317601
Language: English
Date: 2008