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Equality Under the Law

January 16, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King’s words power a family’s fight for equal rights and school choice

Monday we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., who dreamed that his children would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Thanks to Dr. King, the long-sought goal of equality under the law is within reach. But we still have work to do. Consider the story of Edmund Lee ...

January 16, 2017

Oral argument on NCAA's anti-felon policy

The NCAA prohibits felons from coaching in sponsored basketball tournaments. Dominic Hardie, a black basketball coach, sued the NCAA for racial discrimination. But Hardie doesn’t allege intentional discrimination. Instead, he’s suing the NCAA under a theory of liability known as disparate impact. One problem: It’s an open quest ...

January 19, 2017

A good day for students’ school choice in Florida

Yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court rejected a union’s lawsuit challenging Florida's tax credit scholarship program, and a Florida appellate court rejected a school district's claim that charter schools violate the state constitution. These decisions protect K-12 students across the state. Florida's tax credit scholarship program allows bus ...

January 27, 2017

Anaheim school district soon to be in court

Last year, PLF and Parent Revolution joined forces to support a group of elementary school parents who were sued by the Anaheim school district. What did the parents do to warrant legal action? As we previously discussed, they invoked California’s Parent Empowerment Act, also known as the “parent trigger,” and petitioned to conve ...

March 31, 2017

Oral argument in Edmund's lawsuit against discriminatory St. Louis policy

This upcoming Wednesday, April 5, Wencong Fa and I will be in St. Louis for oral argument in E.L. v. Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation. We will be representing Edmund Lee and his mother La’Shieka White in their quest to strike down a St. Louis policy that prohibits African-American children from attending magnet and charter schools ...

April 07, 2017

Oral argument in Edmund's challenge to discriminatory St. Louis policy

On Wednesday, my colleague Joshua Thompson argued on behalf of our client Edmund Lee, Jr., as Edmund fights to end discrimination in St. Louis. The Eighth Circuit panel (Judges Beam, Benton, and Colloton) were sympathetic to our argument that a policy which forbids black students in St. Louis county from attending the same schools as ...