|For Immediate Release|
|Thursday, June 28, 2007|
|Contact:||Heidi Guarino 781-338-3106|
Statement from Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll on the Supreme Court's Ruling on the Use of Race In Assigning Students to Public Schools:
MALDEN - Today's Supreme Court ruling may have an impact on public schools in Massachusetts and in many other states. It does not, however, mean the end to educational equity. While the court struck down the Seattle and Louisville plans, Justice Kennedy's concurring opinion underscores that states and local school officials have a legitimate interest in ensuring that all children have equal opportunity, and that schools may adopt general policies to ensure that schools reflect the diversity of their communities.
We intend to take several next steps. We will review the court's decision in relation to state law and school programs in Massachusetts to determine precisely whether and how this ruling affects our schools. We will work closely with the Governor, the Legislature, the Attorney General, local officials and others to ensure that any changes are made thoughtfully, and based on what is best for all children. We are committed to guaranteeing equal educational opportunities for all children, and we will do everything within our power to make certain that continues.