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NSBA Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Public Education Diversity Efforts

June 23, 2016

Alexandria, Va. (June 23, 2016) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA), the leading advocate for public education, upholds equity and diversity as an important part of its mission. NSBA applauds today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision which upheld the principle that there is an educational interest in the benefit of diversity for all students. 

Diverse learning environments benefit all students, and the benefits stretch across many realms of student learning and development, including academic achievement, social and interpersonal skills, workplace preparation, and civic engagement. In its 4-3 vote, the Court reiterated that “the decision to pursue the educational benefits that flow from student body diversity is, in substantial measure, an academic judgment,” which is entitled to some judicial deference.

“Diversity positively affects learning outcomes for all students and benefits schools, communities, and our country as a whole,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, executive director, National School Boards Association. “It takes dedicated efforts to achieve racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity and NSBA is pleased that the Court affirmed its longstanding principles in support of policies and practices that foster diversity and integration.”

“Inclusion goals and diversity efforts benefit the educational outcomes and future success of all students, especially underrepresented minorities,” said Francisco Negrón, general counsel, National School Boards Association. “The Court’s decision rightfully recognized the achievement of educational benefits of diversity for all students as a constitutionally permitted academic goal.”

NSBA filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas Nov. 2, 2015.  The brief is available on our website at https://www.nsba.org/fisher-v-university-texas-austin-us-sup-ct-merits-brief-2015

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The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA represents state school board associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Learn more at www.nsba.org.

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