From the article:
"Justice Anthony Kennedy, who voted with the majority, said in a separate opinion supporting his decision that racial balance is a worthy goal for school districts and that districts can use other methods to achieve it.
That opinion has both the district and the parent group, Parents Involved in Community Schools, declaring victory. It's one reason the district, which spent about $434,000 on its portion of the seven-year battle, doesn't believe it should have to pay the plaintiffs' fees.
Technically, the parents group still has to get a U.S. district judge to declare them the "prevailing party," said Seattle Public Schools attorney Shannon McMinimee."
Those paragraphs raise some interesting legal questions (and I don't know the answers, anyone else?). It would seem that the plaintiffs did prevail so does it matter that Justice Kennedy wrote a separate opinion that supported the use of race as part of a plan (thus supporting the minority)?
"If the firm wins, the fees likely wouldn't be covered by the district's insurance carrier, McMinimee said. So the money would have to come out of the district's $490 million general-fund budget."
What folly. How did it get to this and what will not happen because that almost $2M is walking out the door?