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This essay recounts the historical, political, and legal context in which Judge Ginsburg’s ruling in the Wright case arose. This context explains the importance of her decision to the battle against segregated education and highlights as well the repeated efforts of powerful political forces, including the Reagan administration and congressional conservatives, to cripple efforts to prohibit racially discriminatory private schools from receiving federal subsidies through the tax system. This essay also aims to highlight Wright’s place in the modern doctrine of educational discrimination.

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Stephen Cohen, "Seg Academies," Taxes, and Judge Ginsburg, in THE LEGACY OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG, (Scott Dodson ed., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015)