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Educational Equity

Schuette v. Cantrell

Read a fact sheet from LDF and the ACLU.


Educational Equity

Sheff v. O’Neill

This year, 2014, marks the sixtieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the filing of Sheff v. O’Neill, two landmark cases brought...


Thomas v. School Board St. Martin Parish

On June 24, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of LDF’s clients, African-American students in the St. Martin Parish school system.

The court affirmed a lower court’s ruling denying the motions of the school board of St. Martin Parish, which...

Educational Equity

University of Michigan Race-Conscious Admissions

In June 2003, the Supreme Court issued landmark rulings in two companion cases, Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger.  In Grutter, the Court rebuffed a constitutional challenge to the use of race in admissions to the University of Michigan Law School....