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Affirmative Action Case in Universities to be Heard by US Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will get back into the long debate over whether university admissions should favor minority applicants.

supreme-court [1]Reuters reported [2] that the case pits the will of Michigan voters, where 58% of the state said that race-based admissions is unacceptable and was put into the state constitution, against the Supreme Court.

Unlike the University of Texas case [3], where affirmative action was specifically tested, this is based on a state constitutional amendment that bans the favoring of race in admissions processes. Reuters lamented that the current Supreme Court is “dominated by ideologically conservative justices.”

The case stems from the 2006 constitutional amendment, where a ban on “preferential treatment” based on race in education was put into place.