CAN WE SAY ... SUPREME COURT?: The court's ruling yesterday, limiting the use of race in plans keeping schools racially diverse, rewrites the legacy of Brown v. the Board of Education. We round up the coverage on the divided decision.
For Pinellas and Hillsborough schools, the court offered few clues on what tools are available in a post-desegregation era. Pinellas has been awaiting a decision as it emerges from a four-year choice plan that encouraged voluntary integration. Hillsborough has seen schools resegregate since being released from court orders three years ago. Here's a timeline of what's happened in both counties.
The New York Times reports on a bitterly divided court. While ruling with the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy's separate opinion offers a small window into what racial considerations may pass his test in the future. Nationally, hundreds of school districts now must assess whether they have to adopt race-neutral assignment plans.
In Seattle, one of the plans that the courts struck down, income levels could become a tool to replace race to keep schools diverse. The school district in Louisville, KY, whose plan also was rejected, is not sure how it will revamp its diversity policies.
In other news... Florida Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a bill that would have lowered the training requirements for teachers of English language learners, the Miami Herald reports.
BAD GRADES: Orlando area schools brace for their worst report card showing in years.