As background for this week, please read the two cases “Plessy v. Ferguson” and “Brown v. Board of Education”. The cases may be found at the following links respectively:
History of Segregation and “Separate But Equal”:
Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education
In 1896 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Plessy v. Ferguson that “separate but equal” public facilities were constitutional. This included schools and school systems. Despite the decision being relevant to African American students, similar segregation took place regarding Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students across the country. In 1954 the Supreme Court reversed Plessy v. Ferguson in the decision stated in Brown v. Board of Education. The decision was unanimous.
Please answer either item 1 or item 2 below:
1. In preparation for this discussion, read the following case:
T.K. And S.K. v. New York City Department of Education (2011) (Special Education and Bullying)
May be found at:
Now, in your discussion, predict the consequences to the schools and to student rights today had the case been decided in the other direction. Substantiate your prediction with resources and references.
2. From the point of view of schools how did the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) extend the rights granted to individuals with disabilities?