Affirmative action defended by American Educational Research Association in Fisher v. University of Texas
- In a briefing held to discuss the science behind the American Educational Research Association's amicus brief, scholars from that organization argued Thursday that race-blind admissions policies would be harmful to students of all races and ethnic groups.
- The Supreme Court is set to hear Fisher v. University of Texas in less than two weeks, and the lead lawyer on the AERA amicus brief, Angelo Ancheta, says there are two question the court will have to consider in the case that could change the admissions landscape--whether promoting diversity on campus is a compelling government issue, and whether Texas' policy is narrowly tailored to achieve a specific end.
- The last time the court heard a case challenging affirmative action in college admissions, they decided in favor of the University of Michigan's law school on the basis that they had a narrowly tailored policy that served a compelling government interest, though they ruled against the school in a parallel case involving its main undergraduate program.
From the article:
Race-blind admissions policies would harm students from all racial and ethnic groups, a group of scholars who support affirmative action argued Thursday, less than two weeks before the Supreme Court is set to hear a case that could change the landscape of admissions dramatically. "Race-neutral policies simply do not work at the same level affirmative action does," said Stella Flores, an assistant professor in Vanderbilt University's Department of Leadership, Policy & Organizations. ...
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