On affirmative action, Supreme Court sends Texas case back to lower court

I’ll have my take on this today.

NBC Latino

The Supreme Court did not make a major ruling on affirmative action. Instead, it ruled 7 to 1 to send the affirmative action case involving the University of Texas back to the lower courts.  Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing the majority opinion, said a federal appeals court needs to subject the University of Texas admissions plan to the highest level of judicial scrutiny and further review the case.

The case challenging affirmative action, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, involved a non-Hispanic white student, Abigail Fisher, who was denied admission to the University of Texas-Austin.  She argued she was qualified to attend UT Austin but was not accepted due to current admissions policies favoring minorities.  The University countered she was not accepted because her grades did not put her in the top 10 percent of her class which automatically would have gained her admission in a very competitive year.


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