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Johnson v. San Francisco Unified School District
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
500 F.2d 349 (1974)
A group of parents of Black schoolchildren (the plaintiff parents) (plaintiffs) attending public schools in the San Francisco Unified School District (the school district) (defendant) filed a lawsuit in federal district court to desegregate the school district. The district court found in favor of the plaintiff parents and ordered the school district to desegregate. The plaintiff parents and the school district submitted plans to the court to achieve the ordered desegregation. Before the district court held hearings to consider the submitted plans, a group of parents of children with Chinese ancestry (the intervening parents) who attended public schools in the school district sought leave to intervene in the case. The intervening parents asserted that they had a right to intervene in the case under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 24(a)(2). The intervening parents believed that the desegregation plans submitted by the school district and the plaintiff parents would prevent their children from attending community schools that provided Chinese language and cultural education. The district court denied the application for intervention, holding that the application was untimely because it would unreasonably delay and prejudice the rights of the plaintiff parents and school board. The intervening parents appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
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