Senator John Kerry today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on diversity in our nation’s schools:
“Today the Court ruled against all of our children and against our ideals. This mistake hits especially close to home in Massachusetts, where twenty towns could be affected. Schools across our state are working to level the playing field and offer all of our children a good education, regardless of race. Metco has been a Massachusetts success story and national model, and it’s beyond unacceptable for Metco to be threatened by a horrific decision by the Supreme Court.
“This decision is a terrible blow to civil rights in our country, and a disturbing reminder why we filibustered Samuel Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court in the first place. This decision has turned Brown vs. Board of Education’s promise of fairness and opportunity for all upside down. This is, simply, overheated ideological and judicial activism run amok, and our state and everyone who believes in equal opportunity have work ahead to ensure that progress is not reversed.”
The N.Y. Times editorial board weighs in on the Supreme Court decision saying, “It was a sad day for the court and for the ideal of racial equality.”
And the L.A. Times notes, “The decision opens the door to legal challenges to integration strategies that have been adopted in school systems across the country, including Los Angeles Unified School District — strategies that limit the number of white and minority students who may attend particular schools.”