The Associated Press reports that the United States Supreme Court is set to decide on whether skin color can be a factor used when assigning children to public schools. Three years ago, the court decided that universities can in fact use race as an admissions factor, albeit in a limited manner. The way two current cases are decided could potentially have more far-reaching implications than the previous decision. At the core of these cases is the idea of whether school administrators can promote racial diversity without violating the Constitutional protection from discrimination. The court will hear appeals from both a Seattle parents group and a mother from Kentucky, in two different, but related cases. In the first, the court will determine if Seattle can continue with its current system of picking high schools. In Seattle, students are allowed to pick their high schools. However, the system uses tiebreakers, one of which is race, to allocate students to schools where demand exceeds openings. In the Kentucky case, after being forced by federal degree to end segregation in schools in 2001, the metropolitan Louisville, KY school district issued began using a plan using racial guidelines. Both cases were upheld at the appeals level, and will now be heard by the Supreme Court…