Research studies demonstrate that racial diversity of students in schools leads to significant educational benefits including:
· improvements in cognitive abilities, critical thinking, and self-confidence,
· promoting cross-racial understanding and reduction of prejudice,
· promoting civic engagement and skills needed for leadership,
· improved classroom environments.
Maine now has the ability to capitalize on these possibilities with the growth of racial diversity in our schools.
 Brief for American Educational Research Association, et al. as Amici Curiae Supporting Respondents, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, No. 11-345 (argued October 10, 2012).