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Supreme Court Gives “Flashing Yellow Light” to School Districts Interested in Student Diversity

The Supreme Court’s decision in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education gave a “proceed with caution” signal to school districts willing to take a more vigorous and more rigorous approach to achieving racial diversity of students in each of their schools and classes. What the Court rejected was overly simple plans, based on unproved assumptions, that too easily resort to decisions based on race. First, a word of background: I was involved in school desegregation cases as a law student and lawyer, in the 1960s and early 1970s, and saw firsthand the benefits of racial integration and equalized spending for black and white students. I have been involved in shaping and justifying race-conscious remedies in employment discrimination cases for the last 35 years, and have been involved in preparing amicus briefs for civil rights organizations in cases…
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