High Court Scrutinizing Affirmative Action at Colleges
Posted on Feb 21, 2012
A hot-button issue from the ’80s and ’90s has come up once again at the U.S. Supreme Court: affirmative action on the college level.
On Tuesday, the robed powers that be at SCOTUS agreed to take on a case concerning the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions policy, specifically regarding race and ethnicity. —KA
The last time the U.S. Supreme Court reviewed affirmative action policies on college campuses was in 2003 in a landmark case involving the University of Michigan’s law school (Grutter v. Bollinger). With a fairly murky decision, the court upheld the continuation of racial preferences at public universities by a 5-to-4 vote.
[...] The current affirmative action litigation can be traced back to 2008 when the University of Texas rejected Abigail Fisher, a young white woman. She claimed that the school rejected her because of the color of her skin. Her lawyers claim the University of Texas exceeded what the 2003 court decision allowed.
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