Declare Victory and Go Home: The Practical Ramifications of the Seventh Circuit's Interpretation of Missouri v. Jenkins in School Desegregation Cases
Paccagnini, Scott R.
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The landscape of school desegregation cases has changed. While all indications from the Seventh Circuit seem to point to an end to school desegregation, such a presumption is unrealistic. Rather, from a practical standpoint, what should be taken from the Seventh Circuit's interpretation of Jenkins is not that school desegregation cases are a thing of the past but that the manner in which they are approached has changed. This article suggests that practically speaking, a date for compliance with desegregation orders should be set at the remedial stage of the litigation before another court arbitrarily imposes one.