No. 95-1455.

520 U.S. 471 (1997)

117 S.Ct. 1491

137 L.Ed.2d 730


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided May 12, 1997.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Assistant Attorney General Patrick argued the cause for appellant in No. 95-1455. With him on the briefs were Acting Solicitor General Dellinger, Deputy Solicitor General Bender, Cornelia T. L. Pillard, David K. Flynn, and Steven H. Rosenbaum. John W. Borkowski argued the cause for appellants in No. 95-1508. With him on the briefs were Walter A. Smith, Jr., Patricia A. Brannan, Barbara R. Arnwine, Thomas J. Henderson, Brenda Wright, and Samuel L. Walters.

Michael A. Carvin argued the cause for appellee Bossier Parish School Board in both cases. With him on the brief were David H. Thompson, James J. Thornton, and Michael P. McDonald.

O'Connor, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Rehnquist, C. J., and Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas, JJ., joined in full, and in which Ginsburg and Breyer, JJ., joined except insofar as Part III is inconsistent with the views expressed in the concurrence of Breyer, J. Thomas, J., filed a concurring opinion, p. 490. Breyer, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which Ginsburg, J., joined, p. 493. Stevens, J., filed an opinion dissenting in part and concurring in part, in which Souter, J., joined, p. 497.

Justice O'Connor, delivered the opinion of the Court.

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