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Amicus Brief: Parents in Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District

Legal Briefs & Testimony

In 2007, the National Women’s Law Center filed an amicus brief in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle Sch. Dist. No. 1. NWLC wrote in support of the schools’ efforts to achieve diversity in the classroom. NWLC’s brief details the research which has demonstrated that racially integrated learning environments are essential to eliminating both race and gender stereotypes because they expose students to diversity and encourage them to reject gross generalizations and stereotypical thinking. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down efforts by two school districts to maintain racial integration in individual schools.  This decision negatively affects all students, including girls who continue to be subject to both race- and sex-based stereotypes in school and in other academic and social arenas.