Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
andmark decision by the United States Supreme Court
Case declared state laws that established ¶separate butequal· public schools for black and white students violated the Equal Protection clause of the 14
amendment and was deemed unconstitutional
Overturned Plessyv. Ferguson decision which allowedsuch state-sponsored segregation
Declared education as a right that must be available toall on equal terms.
Basis for future rulings that children with disabilitiescannot be excluded from school