February 20, 2018

State Law Blocks Black and Hispanic Students from Magnet Schools

By State Law Blocks Black and Hispanic Students from Magnet Schools

There are amazing magnet schools in Hartford operating under capacity, while a growing wait-list of Black and Hispanic students beg to fill those empty seats. The problem: there’s a race quota which prevents Black and Hispanic students from enrolling unless enough white students attend. This is one family’s story.

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Pacetta, LLC v. The Town of Ponce Inlet

Urged by the Town of Ponce Inlet, Florida, Lyder and Simone Johnson bought a number of land parcels and planned a new development through their business, Pacetta, LLC. Town leaders wanted the development so badly, they began revamping the town’s comprehensive land use plan, which would not have allowed the project at the time. But after an election, the town’s political winds shifted and new leadership prohibited the development. The Johnsons sued and won a $30 million jury award for the town’s unconstitutional property takings, only to have an appeals court strip the verdict—and award. On behalf of the Johnsons, PLF has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review and reverse the appeals court decision.

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