Guey Heung Lee v. Johnson

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Guey Heung Lee v. Johnson
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Decided August 25, 1971
Full case name Guey Heung Lee, et al. v. David Johnson, et al.
Citations 404 U.S. 1215 (more)
92 S. Ct. 14; 30 L. Ed. 2d 19; 1971 U.S. LEXIS 1458
Prior history On application for stay pending appeal
The Court declined to issue a stay of a Federal District Court's order reassigning pupils of Chinese ancestry to elementary public schools in San Francisco.
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority Douglas, joined by unanimous

Guey Heung Lee v. Johnson, 404 U.S. 1215 (1971), was a United States Supreme Court case regarding the desegregation of schools in San Francisco.

In 1971, the San Francisco Unified School District attempted to desegregate the school system by reassigning pupils attending segregated schools to other public schools. The School District submitted a comprehensive plan for desegregation which the District Court approved.

"Brown v. Board of Education was not written for blacks alone"

Guey Heung v. Johnson

Some Chinese parents protested the move, because in the Asian schools the students could learn about their cultural heritage, and they would lose this if they went to public schools.[1]

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit entered a temporary stay pending a hearing in the District Court. Four days later, however, the Court of Appeals vacated that stay sua sponte. The District Court then denied the stay. Thereupon, a different three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals heard oral argument on the motions for a stay and denied those motions.

The Supreme Court too denied the stay, saying

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  1. ^ Schultz, Jeffrey (2000). Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics: African Americans and Asian Americans. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 274. ISBN 1-57356-148-7. Retrieved 2009-05-17.