This case involves minors of the Negro race seeking admission to public schools on a nonsegregated basis in Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia, and Delaware. The lower courts denied relief to the plaintiffs on the "separate but equal" doctrine. The Supreme Court heard arguments on whether segregated public schools are not "equal" and cannot be made "equal," thus depriving them of the equal protection of the laws. The Court believes that segregation of children in public schools based on race, even if tangible factors are equal, deprives minority children of equal educational opportunities, which is a fundamental right that must be made available to all on equal terms. The decision cannot be based solely on a comparison of tangible factors, but instead, the effect of segregation on public education must be considered in the context of its full development and present place in American life.
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