A Critical Race Theory Critique on Parents Involved In Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1: Confirming The Majority’s Hegemonic View Concerning Diversity In Secondary Public Schools and Future Implications For Minority StudentsExpressO (2009)
AbstractIf any public elementary, middle, or high school student throughout this nation was asked today to describe the racial composition of his or her school, the common answer would most likely mirror the race or ethnicity of the student who was questioned. It is no surprise that over the past two decades this nation’s public secondary school system has experienced the trend of resegregation. Thus, in this article I apply the tenets of Critical Race Theory to Parents Involved in the quest to understand why the majority of the United States Supreme Court prohibited secondary public schools from prescribing inclusive racial integration plans. The article first examines the current situation and the root causes of resegregation in secondary public schools. The article then compares the facts and holdings between Parents Involved and Grutter v. Bollinger in order to portray the competing interests within secondary public schools and higher education in regard to each institution’s goal of establishing a racially diverse student body. The article then offers an explanation concerning the central tenets of Critical Race Theory and the application of such tenets to the Court’s reasoning in Parents Involved as the majority uses Grutter to justify its holding. Using Critical Race Theory, I examine the implications of the Court’s holding in Parents Involved in regard to race relations within secondary public schools and higher education. I conclude the article by painting a picture of the future concerning racial integration in secondary public schools during the Obama Administration.
Publication DateJuly 31, 2009
Citation InformationRyan C Marques. "A Critical Race Theory Critique on Parents Involved In Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1: Confirming The Majority’s Hegemonic View Concerning Diversity In Secondary Public Schools and Future Implications For Minority Students" ExpressO (2009)
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