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Volume 9, Issue 2 (1980)

P. v. Riles: Legal Perspective

pp. 112—122

The author presents a descriptive analysis of P. vs. Riles (Larry P.), the landmark decision in which a federal district court enjoined California from using any standardized intelligence tests to assess black children for EMR placement. The author traces the early history of school testing litigation, including the initial decision in Larry P. in 1972 which preliminarily enjoined the defendants from using I.Q. tests until such time as there was a full trial on the merits. That final decision in 1979 is described in detail, including the statutory and constitutional bases the court used in deciding against California and the remedy it imposed on the state for discriminating against black children incorrectly placed in EMR classes.

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