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Mon March 25, 2013
SCOTUS To Review Michigan Affirmative Action Ban
The U-S Supreme Court will once again take up a case that deals with affirmative action and how students are admitted to Michigan’s public universities.
The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta reports.
The decision to take this case comes 10 years after the court more or less upheld the University of Michigan’s affirmative action program. That led to the ballot campaign to put an affirmative action ban in the Michigan constitution.
State Attorney General Bill Schuette will defend the amendment that forbids consideration of race or gender in the decision to admit a student.
“It should be gender-neutral, race-neutral, color-blind,” he says. “It needs to be by talent, merit, and ability.”
Attorney George Washington is challenging the amendment.
“This will be, we think, the most important civil rights case in the country next fall,” he says.
California and four other states also have affirmative action bans similar to Michigan’s.