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Pasadena City Board of Education V. Spangler
Eugene A. Lincoln
In 1968, students and their parents filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California (district court), against the Pasadena City Board of Education (school board), Pasadena Unified School District (school district), and school officials, seeking injunctive relief from alleged unconstitutional segregation of schools in the school district. The school district created a plan in which no minority group was to be the majority in any school. In 1974, the school district asked the court to declare the segregation had been ended and to relinquish control over the schools. When the court refused, the school district appealed. In the end, the U.S. Supreme Court found on behalf of the school district, ruling that the plan approved by the trial court had achieved the objective of creating a system of assignments to public schools on a nonracial basis. It held that the trial court exceeded its authority in ...