May 4, 2016

If You Believe, You Can Achieve: The Story Of Edmund Lee Jr. And His Fight For Equality

By If You Believe, You Can Achieve: The Story Of Edmund Lee Jr. And His Fight For Equality

Edmund Lee Jr. is a third grader that attends Gateway Science Academy, a charter school in St. Louis. When Edmund’s parents decided to move from their two bedroom apartment in St. Louis to a home they purchased in the county of St. Louis they were told he couldn’t continue to attend that school, because he’s black.

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E.L. v. Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation

As part of a decades-old desegregation lawsuit settlement in St. Louis, Missouri, the Voluntary Inderdistrict Choice Corporation (VICC) enacted a policy for city and county schools that prohibits African-American students who live in the county from transferring into magnet and charter schools within the St. Louis city limits. White students may transfer to these schools. African-American third grader Edmund Lee happily attended a charter school in the city and wanted to continue when his family moved out into the county. The policy prohibited his transfer because of his race. PLF represents Edmund and his mother, La’Shieka White, in a lawsuit challenging the policy as violating the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.

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