Board of Education of Oklahoma City v. Dowell
Argued October 2, 1990
Decided January 15, 1991
Full case nameBoard of Education of Oklahoma City Public Schools, Independent School District No. 80, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma v. Robert L. Dowell, et al.
Citations498 U.S. 237 (more)
111 S. Ct. 630; 112 L. Ed. 2d 715; 1991 U.S. LEXIS 484
Case history
PriorCert. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
The Court of Appeals' test for dissolving a desegregation decree is more stringent than is required either by this Court's decisions dealing with injunctions or by the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Court membership
Chief Justice
William Rehnquist
Associate Justices
Byron White · Thurgood Marshall
Harry Blackmun · John P. Stevens
Sandra Day O'Connor · Antonin Scalia
Anthony Kennedy · David Souter
Case opinions
MajorityRehnquist, joined by White, O'Connor, Scalia, Kennedy
DissentMarshall, joined by Blackmun, Stevens
Souter took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.
Laws applied
U.S. Const. amend. XIV

Board of Education of Oklahoma City v. Dowell, 498 U.S. 237 (1991), was a United States Supreme Court case "hasten[ing] the end of federal court desegregation orders."[1] The Court held that a federal desegregation order should be ended even though it meant that schools would become re-segregated since the Oklahoma schools had been arranged into a unitary system.

See also


  1. ^ Chemerinsky, Erwin (2005). Constitutional Law. New York: Aspen Publishers. p. 703.