Reading, writing, and disparate impact

July 30, 2012 | By RALPH KASARDA

Should a school change a race-neutral policy because of its disparate impact on minority students?  That is the subject of an excellent blog post by Hans Bader at CEI’s Open Market.  It seems the Maryland Board of Education would answer that question in the affirmative.  Bader’s post provides persuasive legal arguments against a  ...


Supreme Court denies certiorari in racial balancing case

June 18, 2012 | By RALPH KASARDA

The Supreme Court today denied the petition for writ of certiorari filed by nine minority students in the case called Students Doe v. Lower Merion School District.  The students claimed their school district discriminated against them on the basis of their race when it created new attendance zones in order to racially balance two high … ...


It's the discrimination, stupid

May 04, 2012 | By RALPH KASARDA

After the Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania finished spending millions of dollars to modernize its two high schools, it decided to “equalize” student attendance.  District planners intended to force the same number of students to enroll at each school by redistricting the school assignment zones.  Parents and students were ...


Coverage of PLF's Supreme Court brief in school redistricting case

April 26, 2012 | By RALPH KASARDA

The Mainline Media News published an excellent article regarding PLF’s amicus brief in the case Student Does v. Lower Merion School District. As the article explains, the Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania targeted a neighborhood for redistricting because of its large concentration of African American students.  PLF filed its brief ...