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Education Reporter
NUMBER 259 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS August 2007

Education Briefs 
The Supreme Court ruled in June that school districts violated the Constitution's equal protection clause by using students' race to determine school placement. The cases involved Seattle and Louisville districts that assigned students to schools partially by race in order to further integrate high school student populations. The NEA and a number of other groups decried the decision, claiming that it undermined the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling. The court's majority opinion, however, took the opposite perspective. "Before Brown, school children were told where they could and could not go to school based on the color of their skin," wrote Chief Justice John Roberts. "The school districts in these cases have not carried the heavy burden of demonstrating that we should allow this once again - even for very different reasons. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." One way to view this decision is to say it is a victory for a color-blind society and a defeat for enforced diversity.


In a departure from NEA orthodoxy, Sen. Barack Obama cautiously mentioned his support for merit pay at the NEA convention. Most NEA members oppose merit pay, as does the association. "I'm not going to do this to you, I'm going to do this with you," Obama promised. Even though he reassured the crowd that he would not use "arbitrary tests" to determine teacher merit, his comment was not well received. "He's going to have to come a long way off of that position with us," said the vice president of the NEA-affiliated California Teachers Association. (Washington Post, 7-11-07)


The Supreme Court upheld teachers' right to abstain from what the Wall Street Journal called "the unions' multimillion-dollar political wargames." The Supreme Court decision upheld a Washington State law that requires unions to ask nonmembers' consent before using money from their paychecks for political purposes. (www.teachers-vs-union.org)

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