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Affirmative Action

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Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action

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The Clinton administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court today that reverses its position on an affirmative action case from Piscataway, New Jersey. The case involves the local school board's decision to lay-off a white teacher instead of an African-American teacher with identical qualifications. The Bush Administration sided with the white teacher. The Clinton administration initially reversed that, siding with the school board, then asked the Court not to rule on the case at all. Today the administration filed a brief saying the school board's action was illegal, but saying that it still supports efforts to reach racial diversity through affirmative action. NPR's Barbara Bradley reports.