Affirmative action case to be heard
The Supreme Court agreed to hear a University of Texas case for a second time to decide a constitutional challenge to affirmative action policies at colleges and universities.
At issue is whether the university’s policy of seeking to enroll more black and Latino students discriminated against a white student who was turned down for admission.
Two years ago, the justices debated Fisher vs. University of Texas for most of their term, but failed to issue a clear ruling. They sent the case back to a lower court to reconsider the university’s policy, but it was upheld again.
The case, to be heard in the fall, could pose a threat to college and university policies across the nation that include admission pref- erences for qualified minority students.
VERN SMITH comforts his children after a f ire destroyed the family’s home in Wenatchee, Wash.