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Article Title

As Our Students Watched

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Special Section

Theme

OPPOSING PERSONAL VIEWS FROM SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

Abstract

In April, 2002, a three judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court handed down a ruling that overturned the Seattle School District’s use of a school choice tiebreaker process based on race when assigning students to its high schools. This tiebreaker process was in place to support the school district’s commitment to the racial integration of its high schools. The Seattle School District put this process in place as part of its response to earlier mandates (e.g. Brown vs. Board of Education) for the desegregation of public schools. This remedy was intended to support a commitment to creating and sustaining diverse high school student populations while simultaneously addressing the overarching mandate to desegregate public schools.

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