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  • West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District v. Neeley01/03/2012

    The State of Texas relies on local property taxes as the main source of funding for school districts. This structure lends itself to dramatic disparities in the ability of high- and low-wealth districts to raise the revenue necessary to educate their students....

  • Santamaria v. Dallas Independent School District01/03/2012

    At Preston Hollow Elementary School, a public school in an upper-income neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, Latino and other minority students were segregated into the school’s English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms. They were kept separate from the Anglo...

  • Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 (Amicus Counsel)01/03/2012

    In a troubling and potentially short-sighted June 2007 decision, the United States Supreme Court held that school systems violated the Equal Protection clause when they considered race in assigning students to public schools to achieve desegregation. At issue...

  • Los Angeles Conservancy v. Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Conservancy v. Salvador Guzman Sosa01/03/2012

    For almost two decades the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) had planned to build new public schools on the land occupied by the now-demolished Ambassador Hotel. The construction of these desperately needed schools would create classrooms for more than...

  • Mendoza v. Tucson Unified School District01/03/2012

    In 1974, MALDEF filed this desegregation case on behalf of Latino parents and students in Tucson, Arizona. The trial court found four years later that effects of past intentional segregation remained in the Tucson Unified School District, and the parties settled...

  • United States and CRUCIAL v. Ector County Independent School District01/03/2012

    This case was filed in 1970 by the United States against the Ector County Independent School District for failing to desegregate its public schools and that same year, the United States District Court judge ordered the District to desegregate. In 1981, MALDEF...

  • Morales v. Shannon01/03/2012

    This class action lawsuit was filed in 1970 by Ms. Genoveva Morales on behalf of her children against the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District at the height of the Latino civil rights movement. In 1975, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth...

  • United States v. Chicago Public Schools (Amicus Counsel)01/03/2012

    MALDEF is committed to ensuring that public schools do not ignore the needs of students with limited English proficiency and creating opportunities for all students to succeed academically. In its landmark 1974 decision in Lau v. Nichols, the United States Supreme...

  • United States v. State of Texas01/03/2012

    In 1970, Judge William Wayne Justice of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Texas ordered the State of Texas and nine school districts to remedy past discrimination that continued to harm the educational achievement of minority students...

  • Lobato v. Colorado06/03/2000

    The Lobato lawsuit, the State of Colorado’s first education adequacy case, was originally filed in Denver County District Court in 2005 by parents and school districts who argued that the State of Colorado had failed to adequately fund their education. MALDEF...