Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education

Case Name: Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education

Year: 1971

Result: 9-0, favor Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education

Related Constitutional Issue/Amendment: Amendment XIV

Civil Rights or Civil Liberties: Civil Rights

Significance/Precedent: The ruling established the authority of federal courts to oversee school desegregation following Brown v. Board of Education. Because schools and districts were not following the new policies, the government had the right to step in to try to fix these issues.

Quote from Majority Opinion: "This does not mean that federal courts are without power to deal with future problems; but, in the absence of a showing that either the school authorities or some other agency of the State has deliberately attempted to fix or alter demographic patterns to affect the racial composition of the schools, further intervention by a district court should not be necessary."

Summary of the Dissent: There was no dissent.

Six-word Summary: Government policies help with school integration.

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