Powell v. Ridge


Case Falters After a US Supreme Court Decision

Sent back to the District Court for trial, the case faltered following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2001 decision in Alexander v. Sandoval, which ruled that lawsuits could not be brought to enforce the federal regulations prohibiting disparate impact, contradicting the Third Circuit’s interpretation of the law in our case.

Shut out of state and federal courts in our attempts to challenge the racial and economic inequality that plagues Pennsylvania public schools, the Law Center has since taken the lead in advocacy campaigns aiming to improve school funding and quality in racially isolated and high-poverty communities.