Parents Involved in Community Schools (PICS)

PICS is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that was formed in June of 2000 to challenge the Seattle School District (SSD) in its use of a racial tie-breaker when assigning students to high school. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. On June 28, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of PICS. For more information on the case, go to the U.S. Supreme Court website at Click on "Docket". The docket case number is 05-908.

PICS was created by a group of parents and community members who believed in promoting neighborhood public schools in the Seattle Public School District. The benefits of attending a neighborhood school are multiple, including access to after-school activities like tutoring, club and athletic participation. Parents can more easily attend parent/teacher conferences and monitor their child's progress in school as well as attend other meetings and fundraisers. Neighborhood schools help create successful students who make good citizens.

The impact of this case is that Seattle and many other cities across the United States have returned to neighborhood schools. Scholars will continue to argue about this case, both for and against. This website is here to help anyone interested in this case understand the motivation of this lawsuit which changed national law and the course of public education in the United States.

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Kathleen Brose
Parents Involved in Community Schools