Supreme Court On Diversity

SUPREME COURT (AP) -- The Supreme Court has rejected school diversity plans that take account of students' race in two major public school districts.

The decision in cases affecting schools in Louisville, Kentucky and Seattle could sink similar plans in hundreds of districts nationwide. The decision could also leave public school systems with a limited arsenal to maintain racial diversity.

The court split five-to-four.

In a concurring opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy said race may be a component of school district plans designed to achieve diversity. But he agreed with the opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts that the plans in Louisville and Seattle went too far.

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