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Yankee Institute President’s Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on College Admissions

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This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to consider race as a specific basis in college admissions.

Yankee Institute President Carol Platt Liebau, a graduate of Harvard Law School and the first female managing editor of The Harvard Law Review, was interviewed by NBC Connecticut on the decision:

“Today, the Supreme Court simply affirmed what has always been understood to be a foundational principle of American life: that everyone deserves to be judged as an individual rather than as a member of a group.”

Rather than relying on programs like affirmative action to ensure diverse college populations, Carol highlighted the importance of ensuring educational opportunity for low-income households in K-12 schools, so that every child would have the chance to obtain a quality education that would prepare him or her for a competitive college admissions process. “We believe in giving every individual — regardless of race or socio-economic background — the opportunity to go as far as his or her talents can take them,” Liebau said.

Yankee Institute’s new project, the Connecticut Center for Educational Excellence, is committed to securing educational opportunity for low-income children in Connecticut. Read more about this program, and how you can help, at ctcee.org.

About Yankee Institute

Yankee Institute is a research and citizen organization founded in 1984 under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. YI is committed to empowering Connecticut’s people to forge a brighter future for themselves and their families.


 Press Contact:For Yankee InstituteBryce N.Y. Chinault860-426-6343[email protected]

Bryce Chinault

Bryce joined Yankee Institute after nearly a decade of working in federal and state level policy analysis at the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In those roles, Bryce worked directly with members of Congress, executive agencies, governors, state legislators, and local officials to engage on a diverse range of policy topics and enact positive reforms for everyday people across the country. A native of Cambridge, WI, Bryce moved to Connecticut to be closer to his wife’s family in her hometown of Newtown. Bryce earned a Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is also the loving father of two amazing kids.

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