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U.S. Supreme Court punts on Affirmative Action

Considering U.S. Supreme Court Justices first heard arguments last October, and it took so long to hand down a decision on affirmative action in college admissions, I can't say I'm surprised the high court essentially punted -- or kicked the can down a dusty hot Texas road.

The U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-to-1 to send the complex affirmative action case from the University of Texas back to a lower court for further review. Justice Clarence Thomas continues to insist such affirmation action prgrams are unconstititutional on their face; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg insisted lower courts had already reviewed the very questions her colleagues were asking the lower court to again decide.

The University of Texas at Austin uses a convoluted framework to achieve its affirmative action goals: Three-quarters of the freshmen win admission based on their class rankings from high schools in the Lone Star State. With many of the state's high schools dominated by one racial/ethnic group or another, this achieves some measure of diversity. But a problem of academic equity is introduced as some minority-dominated, big-city schools and smaller, rural high schools may not be nearly as competitive as suburban, charter, and magnet schools. A quarter of the remaining slots take into account race along with many other factors.

A white applicant denied admission to the University of Texas under this framework sued. (Abigail Fisher instead attended Louisiana State University and graduated.)

Here's an account from The WASHINGTON POST...


http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-sends-texas-affirmative-action-plan-for-further-review/2013/06/24/62707a22-dcde-11e2-9218-bc2ac7cd44e2_story.html

Posted at 1:51pm on June 24, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

mrpizza
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 10:18pm
Affirmative action is nothing more than reverse discrimination against people who had nothing to do with creating the original discrimination in the first place.


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