Monday, June 17, 2013

Affirmative action ruling contest: race vs. class

The Boston Globe
By JUSTIN POPE / AP Education Writer / June 17, 2013

In post-Great Recession America, which is the bigger barrier to opportunity — race or class?
A decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court kept the focus on race as a barrier, upholding the right of colleges to make limited use of racial preferences to ensure a diverse student body. But in a ruling due this month, the court is widely expected to roll back that decision. Such an outcome would shift attention more toward a less constitutionally controversial practice: giving a boost to socio-economically disadvantaged students, regardless of race.

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