Affirmative Action
Affirmative Action

Promoting the use of research to improve education and serve the public good is central to AERA’s mission. To this end, AERA's efforts include providing scientific evidence on the benefits of diversity and affirmative action in legal briefs submitted to the Supreme Court; holding Capitol Hill briefings on research issues of importance to the public and policymakers; and issuing research-based positions on educational issues of public concern.

Public Briefings:


Affirmative Action Legal Briefs

Research on Affirmative Action

Other Public Briefings:

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin
September 27, 2012
The briefing addressed the strength of science in a major affirmative action case – Fisher v. University of Texas at AustinWatch the briefing

Race-Conscious School Assignments
December 1, 2006
This briefing addressed race-conscious school assignments in a major affirmative action case – Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education. Learn more 

Legal Frameworks and Critical Research Findings in the University of Michigan Affirmative Action Cases
June 23, 2003
This briefing addressed the legal frameworks and critical research findings in two major affirmative action cases – Grutter v. Bolling and Gratz v. BollingerLearn more

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