Supreme Court to Revisit Race, Education

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to revisit the use of race in admissions decisions by the University of Texas at Austin, New York Times reports.

The move revives the challenge to affirmative action in higher education, and is a signal that the court may limit or even end such affirmative action.

It is believed that the court’s most conservative members had provided the four votes needed to grant the review of the case.

Abigail Fisher, who is white, claims affirmative action blocked her from college admission into the school.

In a statement sent to the New York Times, Ms. Fisher said, “I hope the justices will rule that U.T. is not allowed to treat undergraduate applicants differently because of their race or ethnicity.”

If the court rules in the plaintiff’s favor, the consequences would be striking. Race would no longer be a factor when considering applicants for admission, and would gravely reduce the number of Black and Latino students at nearly ever selective college and graduate school.

A decision barring the use of race in college admissions would undo a 2003 ruling that was expected by the majority to last 25 years. In that 5-4 decision regarding Grutter v. Bollinger, the court ruled that public colleges and universities could not use a point system to increase minority enrollment, but could take race into consideration in an effort to ensure academic diversity.

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