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Required Reading

Board of Education of Hendrick Hudson School District v. Rowley, 458 U.S. 176 (1982).

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Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954). Retrieved from

San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 1 (1973). Retrieved from

Strauss, V. (2015). The end of public school desegregation? The Washington Post online. Retrieved


Helpful Web Sites for Legal Research (Search tool for state and federal cases and laws) (School law blog, primarily PK-12)



Case Assignment

Select one of the U.S. Supreme Court cases from the background reading and write a 3- to 4-page analysis of the case that contains the following information:

1.What is the factual background of the case? (this section of the paper should be clear and brief).

2.What is the legal issue in the case?

3.What does the court decide?

4.What is the court’s reasoning/justification for their decision?

5.What are the implications of this case for today’s educational leaders? (this section of the paper should be at least one full page).



Assignment Expectations

Your work should demonstrate the following:


-At least 3-4 pages, not counting the title page and references.

-A clear introduction that orients a reader to the essay main content, and the main points discussed.

-A well-developed, well-balanced essay body that develops each point in its own paragraph.

-A concise conclusion that summarizes the whole essay.

-Include at least three references. Quoted material should not exceed 10% of the total paper (since the focus of these assignments is critical thinking). Use your own words and build on the ideas of others. When material is copied verbatim from external sources, it MUST be enclosed in quotes. The references should be cited within the text and also listed at the end of the assignment in the References section. Follow the APA Style® format, see

-At least one in-text citation for each reference.

-General format/mechanics.

-A reference page which follows APA requirements.

-Organized in a clear and coherent manner.

-Double spaced with font size of 12.


Your writing should:


-Be clear, logical, and precise.

-Have breadth and depth.

-Show critical-thinking skills.