Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

In this landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision based on the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, schools could no longer be segregated because the “separate but equal” doctrine was determined not to be equal. The implications for language policy are that upon desegregation, all-white schools would no longer be sheltered from varying dialects or non-English languages and would need to address the differences to provide an equal education for all.