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Guidance on race-based factors gets polarized response

from Education Week

Civil rights advocates and opponents of affirmative action are sharply divided on the wisdom — and legal soundness — of new Obama administration guidance to schools and colleges on how much flexibility they have in considering the race of students in areas such as attendance zones and admissions. The guidance was released after more than two years of lobbying by civil rights groups, which argued that a similar document issued by the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights in 2008, under President George W. Bush, did not faithfully advise schools and colleges on the permissible uses of race under the relevant U.S. Supreme Court decisions. more


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