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Race, the Supreme Court, and Social Science Evidence


by David J. Armor — June 15, 2009

New civil rights cases being considered by the Supreme Court bring to mind the recent Seattle and Jefferson County cases, in which Justice Kennedy cast the fifth and deciding vote in striking down racial diversity plans in these two school districts. His opinion managed to side with both the liberal and the conservative wings on different but critical aspects of the decision. This commentary offers an interpretation of social science evidence in these cases that supports Justice Kennedy's novel opinion.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 15, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15656, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 4:02:43 AM

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  • David Armor
    George Mason University
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    DAVID J. ARMOR is a Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, and his writing and research focuses on education, race, and civil rights policy issues. He has testified and presented social science evidence as a court expert in numerous school desegregation and educational adequacy cases.
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