Minnesota Supreme Court says school segregation case can proceed

Jul 25, 2018

Star Tribune, Erin Golden

A lawsuit alleging that Minnesota has failed students by enabling segregation in schools will move forward in the courts, following a decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The 4-2 ruling from the state’s high court settles the question that had paused the legal battle over school segregation: whether it was the role of the courts or the Legislature to determine what defines an adequate education. Writing for the majority, Justice Natalie Hudson concluded that the Minnesota Constitution requires the Legislature to provide students with an acceptable education — but that the courts are the right place for someone to question if the Legislature is following through on that responsibility.

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