Since the landmark Brown v. Board of Education cases of the mid 1950’s, judges have taken steps to increase the involvement of the judiciary in deciding exactly how to desegregate. In addition, courts have begun to rule that discrimination is not only present in explicitly segregated school districts. These two issues have been central to the Rockford, Illinois School District controversy. The judge involved in the desegregation case has grossly overstepped his authority in two distinct ways: first, in determining that “internal segregation” within a particular school violated the Equal Protection clause; and second, in that he usurped legislative power by levying property taxes within the school district. These two mistakes have caused an incredible amount of turmoil and financial strain to the Rockford School District, and the only way to allow the district to recover is for the court system to remove itself immediately from the case.
Jeanette Vanderbosch, ’03 Machesney Park, IL
Major: Politics and History
Sponsor: Craig Allin