Af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion case to be heard

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION - — David G. S av­age

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.

Elaine Thompson As­so­ci­ated Press

VERN SMITH com­forts his chil­dren af­ter a f ire de­stroyed the fam­ily’s home in We­natchee, Wash.

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