416 F.3d 513 (6th Cir. 2005), 04-5897, McFarland ex rel. McFarland v. Jefferson County Public Schools

Docket Nº04-5897.
Citation416 F.3d 513
Party NameDavid McFARLAND, Parent and Next Friend of Stephen and Daniel McFarland; Ronald Jeffrey Pittenger, Parent and Next Friend of Brandon Pittenger; Anthony Underwood, Custodial Parent and Next Friend of Max Aubrey, Plaintiffs, Crystal D. Meredith, Custodial Parent and Next Friend of Joshua Ryan McDonald, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. JEFFERSON COUNTY PUBLIC
Case DateJuly 21, 2005
CourtUnited States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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416 F.3d 513 (6th Cir. 2005)

David McFARLAND, Parent and Next Friend of Stephen and Daniel McFarland; Ronald Jeffrey Pittenger, Parent and Next Friend of Brandon Pittenger; Anthony Underwood, Custodial Parent and Next Friend of Max Aubrey, Plaintiffs,

Crystal D. Meredith, Custodial Parent and Next Friend of Joshua Ryan McDonald, Plaintiff-Appellant,

v.

JEFFERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Defendant,

Jefferson County Board of Education; Stephen W. Daeschner, Superintendent, Defendants-Appellees.

No. 04-5897.

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

July 21, 2005

Argued: June 9, 2005

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky at Louisville. No. 02-00620—John G. Heyburn II, Chief District Judge.

Teddy B. Gordon, Louisville, Kentucky, for Appellant.

Francis J. Mellen, Jr., WYATT, TARRANT & COMBS, Louisville, Kentucky, for Appellees.

Francis J. Mellen, Jr., Byron E. Leet, WYATT, TARRANT & COMBS, Louisville, Kentucky, for Appellees.

Amy D. Cubbage, Sheryl G. Snyder, Bridget H. Papalia, FROST, BROWN & TODD, Louisville, Kentucky, Morgan G. Ransdell, KENTUCKY COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS, Louisville, Kentucky, Chester Darling, CITIZENS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, Andover, Massachusetts, Michael

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Williams, Robert J. Roughsedge, CITIZENS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, Boston, Massachusetts, Maya R. Kobersy, John W. Borkowski, Maree Sneed, HOGAN & HARTSON, Washington, D.C., Albert H. Kauffman, THE CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Chinh Quang Le, NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE & EDUCATIONAL FUND, New York, New York, for Amici Curiae.

Before: NORRIS and DAUGHTREY, Circuit Judges; JORDAN, District Judge.[*]

OPINION

PER CURIAM.

Plaintiff Crystal Meredith, on behalf of her son Joshua Ryan McDonald, appeals the decision of the district court to uphold the student assignment plan of the Jefferson County Public Schools, which includes racial guidelines. The district court concluded that the assignment plan met the constraints of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because the school board had a compelling interest to use the racial guidelines and applied them in a manner that was narrowly tailored to realize its goals. McFarland v. Jefferson County Public Schools, 330 F.Supp.2d 834 (W.D. Ky. 2004).

Because the reasoning which supports summary judgment for defendants has...

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    • United States
    • Washington University Law Review Vol. 87 Nbr. 5, September 2010
    • 1 Septiembre 2010
    ...The Supreme Court reviewed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit's decision in McFarland v. Jefferson County Board of Education, 416 F.3d 513 (6th Cir. 2005), cert. granted sub nom., Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education, 547 U.S. 1178 (2006), concurrently with the U.S. ......
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    • 1 Mayo 2010
    ...Comm., 418 F.3d 1, 13-16 (1st Cir. 2005); McFarland v. Jefferson County Pub. Sch., 330 F. Supp. 2d 834, 852-53 (W.D. Ky. 2004), aff'd, 416 F.3d 513 (6th Cir. 2005); Parents Involved in Comm. Schs. v. Seattle Sch. Dist., No. 1, 426 F.3d 1162, 1174-77 (9th Cir. 2005) (en banc). (16.) Lia B. E......
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    • 22 Septiembre 2007
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    • United States
    • Washington University Law Review Vol. 87 Nbr. 5, September 2010
    • 1 Septiembre 2010
    ...The Supreme Court reviewed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit's decision in McFarland v. Jefferson County Board of Education, 416 F.3d 513 (6th Cir. 2005), cert. granted sub nom., Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education, 547 U.S. 1178 (2006), concurrently with the U.S. ......
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    • 1 Mayo 2010
    ...Comm., 418 F.3d 1, 13-16 (1st Cir. 2005); McFarland v. Jefferson County Pub. Sch., 330 F. Supp. 2d 834, 852-53 (W.D. Ky. 2004), aff'd, 416 F.3d 513 (6th Cir. 2005); Parents Involved in Comm. Schs. v. Seattle Sch. Dist., No. 1, 426 F.3d 1162, 1174-77 (9th Cir. 2005) (en banc). (16.) Lia B. E......
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