Cruz-Guzman v. State of Minnesota


Cruz-Guzman v. State of Minnesota is a civil rights lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis on Nov. 5, 2015.  

The suit, filed by Gray Plant Mooty attorney Dan Shulman and supporting counsel, seeks a remedy to segregation in public schools in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. Minnesota and various bodies and officials of the state are named as defendants for depriving metro-area children of their Constitutional right to an adequate education.

"We have brought this case because over the last 50 years the only effective remedy for the so-called achievement gap has been desegregation," said Shulman. "The incidence of an inadequate education falls 100 percent on the children who receive it and whose future life prospects are impaired, if not destroyed, and zero percent on those responsible for the damage.  This has to change.  They must be held accountable and required to do their Constitutional duty."

Read the complaint here.

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Key Facts:

  • Studies show that Minneapolis and St. Paul schools are today more segregated than they have been in a generation. 
  • Cruz-Guzman v. State of Minnesota is an educational adequacy lawsuit under the Minnesota State Constitution. 
  • This school desegregation lawsuit seeks class action status on behalf of all school children in St. Paul and Minneapolis public schools.
  • The suit was filed by same legal team that prosecuted NAACP v. State of Minnesota and Xiong v. State of Minnesota educational adequacy litigation in the 1990s.

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