Williams v. Reeves

After the Civil War, Mississippi enacted a new state constitution that provided for a “uniform” system of public schools. But in 1987 the uniformity requirement was scrapped. Allegation: And that has resulted in schools in high-income white communities having nicer facilities and better resources than the schools serving plaintiffs’ low-income African American communities (where school ceilings have wet spots, paint is chipping off the walls, among other things). Fifth Circuit: Sovereign immunity does not bar plaintiffs’ request for a declaration that the 1987 amendment violates an 1870 federal law readmitting Mississippi into the Union. That claim may proceed.

Tags: 2020, Eleventh Amendment, Fifth Circuit, Sovereign Immunity

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