Guidance on Voluntary Use of Race to Achieve Diversity

After the results of advocacy efforts spearheaded by the National Coalition on School Diversity, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice issued this guidance to explain how, consistent with existing law, elementary and secondary schools can voluntarily consider race to further compelling interests in achieving diversity and avoiding racial isolation.

Racially diverse schools provide incalculable educational and civic benefits by promoting cross-racial understanding, breaking down racial and other stereotypes, and eliminating bias and prejudice.

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