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California First State to End School Segregation
School history books across the country detail the U.S. Supreme Court’s school desegregation ruling Brown v. Board of Education but few realize the case hinged on a previous court ruling in California. State Assemblymember Mary Salas (D-Chula Vista) says the case of Mendez v. Westminster, which ended school segregation in California seven years before the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, paved the way for similar cases in other states and eventually the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision. Assembly Bill 531 will include the study of Mendez v. Westminster in public education. The bill has been approved by the legislature and awaits the Governor's signature. Here’s more in this Assembly Web Report.
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