ON-Lion Letter
In mid-November, The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) in Washington, D.C., filed a federal class-action lawsuit challenging the New York City Department of Education's policy of excluding white and Asian-American students from a test-preparation course because of their race.  The 15-month course is designed to prepare selected students to take the demanding admissions exam for the city's elite specialized high schools, including Brooklyn Technical High School, the Bronx High School of Science, and Manhattan's famed Stuyvesant High School.

The CIR suit seeks to open the course to students regardless of race and seeks monetary damages for hundreds of white and Asian students whose families were forced to pay as much as $2,000 for it.

CIR has challenged other unconstitutional racial preferences in schools and colleges, notably two at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003.  Most recently, it successfully challenged a minorities-only summer journalism workshop at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

"The day is past when school officials can automatically exclude students from desirable programs solely because of the color of their skin," CIR president Terry Pell said.  "The Supreme Court has made it clear that school officials may never mechanically exclude students from any program because of one feature and one feature only, namely their race."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports CIR.
Actions: E-mail | Permalink |