Today, the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments in the second challenge to affirmative action this decade. In the case of Fisher vs. Univ. of Texas, the constitutionality of racial preferences in admissions decisions by public universities will be decided. The plaintiff in the case, Abigail Fisher, is a 22 year-old, white female who was denied admission to the University of Texas and later sued the university, claiming her race was held against her.
Only nine years ago, the Court ruled in Grutter v. Bollinger that race could be considered in admissions, but only as a portion of a "holistic review" that helped the university advance its academic and social mission. This morning, university attorneys cited similar arguments, asserting that the admittance of minority students with a range of backgrounds benefits the intellectual life of all students.
But the primary architect of Grutter v. Bollinger, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, retired from the bench in 2006, and her replacement, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., seems more doubtful of race-conscious remedies.
This Fall, the Supreme Court will weigh in on the admissions policy adopted by the University of Texas. At question is whether colleges and universities will continue providing equal opportunity for qualified students of color or return to segregated college campuses where Black students are denied equal access. You can help SCOTUS make the right decision by signing on to an amicus brief, from high school and college students, that will be submitted to the court on August 13th.More »
Capitalizing on LeBron James' heightened visibility during the much-hyped NBA finals — which is enjoying its highest ratings in eight years — State Farm is heavily promoting an eye-catching public service announcement featuring the celebrity spokesman. The ad graphically illustrates the devastating effects of a stunted education on a young Black man's life prospects, then reassures us: "State Farm and LeBron are helping kids graduate."
But if State Farm cares so much about our kids, why is it still funding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)?More »
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) announced Monday that it will not renew its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing lobbying group responsible for ghostwriting discriminatory voter ID laws and a host of other controversial legislation.
NACSA and more than a dozen major corporations have announced that they've dropped ALEC since ColorOfChange members began demanding that companies stop funding voter suppression. The education group's statement reads:More »
In just three days, more than 30,000 ColorOfChange members joined our campaign to protect Pell grants. The bill that finally passed Congress wasn't perfect: it reduced the number of semesters students can receive funding. But the maximum award was preserved, and current recipients will still be eligible for the grant. The ColorOfChange community helped prevent $900 million in cuts.More »
Last Friday, we launched a campaign demanding that Congress fully fund Pell Grants, the leading college assistance program for low-income students. Nearly 30,000 ColorOfChange members have already signed the petition, urging their representatives to reject attempts by the House Appropriations Committee to cut $3.6 billion from the program's budget, effectively ending Pell for as many as 1 million students.More »
New York City's Panel for Education Policy (previously known as the school board) is not exactly Wells Fargo or Bank of America. But on October 25th, Occupy Wall Street protestors left their downtown encampments to confront the PEP at a public forum. For much of the movement, toppling unjust financial practices and predatory banks has been the chief goal. But as Occupy efforts grow, participants are picking new targets and new messages — all in a quest to demand democracy where it appears to be sorely lacking.More »