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Anti-Affirmative Action Group Is Suing Naval Academy

Group is also seeking to block race-based admissions at West Point

(Newser) - An anti-affirmative action group has followed up its federal lawsuit against West Point with one against the US Naval Academy, seeking to block it from considering race in the selection on the new class of cadets. Students for Fair Admissions, founded by 72-year-old conservative activist Edward Blum, won a huge...

Race-in-Admissions Battle Shifts to West Point

Group sues to end Supreme Court's exception to its June ruling for service academies

(Newser) - When Chief Justice John Roberts wrote this summer in the Supreme Court decision against including race as a factor in college admissions that the ruling did not apply to military academies, the winning side noticed. On Tuesday, Students for Fair Admissions sued the US Military Academy at West Point in...

Republicans Warn Companies on Affirmative Action, DEI

GOP attorneys general send letter to large corporations

(Newser) - Now that the Supreme Court has ruled against affirmative action , a group of GOP state attorneys general has warned major corporations to leave race out of their hiring and promotion decisions. If they don't, the companies were told Thursday, "know that you will be held accountable—sooner rather...

New Lawsuit: If It's About Merit, End Legacy Admissions

After Supreme Court loss on affirmative action, minority groups challenge Harvard

(Newser) - A civil rights group is challenging legacy admissions at Harvard, saying the practice discriminates against students of color by giving an unfair boost to the mostly white children of alumni. It's the latest effort in a growing push against legacy admissions, the practice of giving admissions priority to the...

Most Americans OK With Affirmative Action Ruling

52% of Americans approve of it, while just 32% disapprove, poll finds

(Newser) - The majority of Americans approve of the recent Supreme Court decision gutting affirmative action , according to a new ABC News poll. Just 32% disapprove of the ruling, which restricts the use of race as a factor in college and university admissions, while another 16% said they don't know whether...

School's Formula Offers Affirmative Action Alternative

'NYT' looks at how UC-Davis medical school looks at socioeconomic status, not race

(Newser) - Even before the Supreme Court issued its ruling Friday against affirmative action policies being used to decide who gets into college, schools were looking for other ways to build in diversity. Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, which were involved in the case, immediately said they remain committed...

Obamas React to Affirmative Action's Gutting

As does Trump, from the opposite point of view

(Newser) - Following the Supreme Court ruling gutting affirmative action at US colleges and universities, Michelle Obama came forward to talk about how the policy affected her when she was an undergraduate student at Princeton University. Affirmative action "wasn't perfect," she wrote in a joint statement issued alongside her...

Court's 2 Black Justices Blast Each Other in Race Case

Kentanji Brown Jackson, Clarence Thomas spar over affirmative action ruling in their separate writings

(Newser) - When the Supreme Court delivered a devastating blow to affirmative action on Thursday, the court's newest justice—and its first Black female—unleashed a blistering dissent. Ketanji Brown Jackson also sparred with the court's other Black justice, Clarence Thomas, in their separate opinions on the case, even calling...

Landmark Ruling Delivers Blow to Affirmative Action

Supreme Court rules against race-based admissions policies at colleges

(Newser) - The Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling on Thursday against affirmative action, reports the Wall Street Journal . In a 6-3 ruling that split along the court's usual ideological lines, the justices struck down admissions policies that took race into account at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, per...

With Clock Running Out, a Slew of Big SCOTUS Cases Loom

Affirmative action and religious and gay rights are also on the agenda before this term closes

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is getting ready to decide some of its biggest cases of the term. The high court has 10 opinions left to release over the next week before the justices begin their summer break. As is typical, the last opinions to be released cover some of the most...

Colleges Expect Court Ruling to Have Sweeping Effects

Changes in student bodies will show up next year and be lasting, experts say

(Newser) - In oral arguments in October, the Supreme Court gave colleges every indication that their admission policies are about to change. Republican-appointed justices, who hold the majority, indicated skepticism about what opponents call race-conscious admissions practices. "I've heard the word diversity quite a few times, and I don't...

Did Alito Take a Shot at Elizabeth Warren in Court?

Justice floats question about bogus claims to American Indian heritage

(Newser) - Now that the dust has settled on hours of oral arguments Monday in two separate affirmative-action cases before the Supreme Court, a clear consensus has emerged in coverage. "The court's conservative majority signaled that it could be ready ... to end the use of race in college admissions,"...

Court Seems Likely to Curb Race in College Admissions

Supreme Court hearing oral arguments in two major affirmative action cases

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments Monday in two cases that will decide the future of affirmative action in higher education. The first case was lodged by Students for Fair Admissions, which is “challenging race-conscious admissions practices” at UNC Chapel Hill, according to Politico , which reports that the...

Supreme Court Again Tackles Affirmative Action

AP takes a look at recent big cases that may play a role in decision

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will take up the issue of affirmative action again Monday—the second time in six years—but with the conservative majority now generally expected to end the use of race in higher education admissions. That would be a major shift for the court, which first ruled in...

SCOTUS Has Docket Full of 'Hot-Button Issues'
As SCOTUS Returns,
'Get Ready for a Lot of 6-3s'
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As SCOTUS Returns, 'Get Ready for a Lot of 6-3s'

Court has chosen to take on numerous 'hot-button issues'

(Newser) - Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has replaced Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court, but the 6-3 split between conservative and liberal justices is unchanged—and analysts say the divide will be very apparent this term. The conservative supermajority that overturned Roe v. Wade and issued numerous other controversial rulings earlier...

Supreme Court to Hear Pivotal College Race Case

Harvard and UNC accused of discriminating against Asian-American applicants

(Newser) - The conservative-dominated Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions, adding another blockbuster case to a term with abortion, guns, religion, and COVID-19 already on the agenda. The court said it will take up lawsuits claiming that Harvard, a private institution,...

Judge Rules in Harvard's Favor in Affirmative Action Case

Judge upholds university's admissions process, says it does not discriminate against Asian Americans

(Newser) - Harvard University does not discriminate against Asian Americans in its admissions process, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit that reignited a national debate over affirmative action. US District Judge Allison D. Burroughs said in her decision that Harvard's admissions process is "not perfect" but passes constitutional...

Texas Tech Med School Makes Deal With Trump Administration

It will no longer consider race as part of its admissions process

(Newser) - A would-be student never applied to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, but filed a complaint in 2004 over its use of affirmative action, alleging it violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, reports CNN . Fifteen years later, a Department of Education investigation that...

DOJ Calls Out Potential 'Racial Bias' at Harvard

Department backs Asian-American applicants in affirmative action case

(Newser) - The Justice Department is backing Asian-American applicants accusing Harvard of discriminating against them because of race. "Harvard has failed to show that it does not unlawfully discriminate against Asian-Americans," reads a statement of interest filed Thursday by the DOJ, which continues to investigate the matter. Harvard, which receives...

Trump Scrapping Obama's Affirmative Action Guidelines

They were given to colleges to use in admissions process

(Newser) - Obama-era guidelines encouraging colleges to increase diversity on campus by using race as a factor in admissions will be rescinded by President Trump's administration, two sources tell the Wall Street Journal . The guidelines, published in 2011 and 2016 by the Justice and Education departments, gave legal recommendations to schools...

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