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Missouri v. Jenkins (Jenkins II)

United States Supreme Court
495 U.S. 33 (1990)



The Kansas City, Missouri, School District (the district) (plaintiff) and a group of students (plaintiffs) sued Missouri (defendant) in 1977 for maintaining a segregated school system in violation of Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954). The federal district court realigned the school district as a defendant in the case and held that the state and district had violated Brown. Specifically, the district court found that the physical facilities “have literally rotted” and that educational services “were substandard in an increasingly all-black system.” The district court ordered the district to make every high school and middle school, as well as half of the elementary schools, magnet schools for specific topics, such as foreign language or math and sciences. The district was also ordered to spend $260 million on capital improvements, including closing certain schools, renovating others, and building new facilities. The court ordered an increase in the local property tax to pay for these improvements. The court hoped that such changes would encourage white students to re-enter the public school system while providing minorities with a quality education. The U.S. Supreme Court limited its review to the method of financing the remedy.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)

Concurrence (Kennedy, J.)

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