Interesting: Supreme Court agrees to hear Michigan affirmative action case
posted at 12:59 pm on March 25, 2013 by Erika Johnsen
This is definitely one that I’ll be watching — last fall, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati struck down Michigan’s 2006 state constitutional amendment banning public colleges from considering race as a factor in their admissions processing, and the Supreme Court is going to take up the case.
The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to consider a Michigan law that bans affirmative action in public college admissions. …
The Michigan law bans preferential treatment toward any candidates in public university admissions.
The high court is simultaneously considering a case on whether colleges and universities can continue to give special preference to minority candidates in admissions policies, in a case involving the University of Texas. A ruling in that case, Fisher v. University of Texas, is expected imminently and will come no later than the end of June.
That the court agreed to hear the Michigan case before deciding the Texas case is unusual. The court’s normal practice is to wait until it has issued a ruling before agreeing to hear another case on a related issue. This may mean that the court is struggling to decide the Texas case, or that the ruling could be coming as soon as this week.