U.S. Supreme Court watchers expecting a definitive thumbs up or thumbs down Monday on affirmative action in university admissions instead heard a narrow ruling that may not affect how such admissions work in the future.
The court, in reviewing the use of affirmative action in University of Texas admissions, returned the case to a lower court and ordered justices there to make the school prove that only through such policies can it achieve desired racial diversity on its campuses.
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Former Gov. Jeb Bush abolished affirmative action in Florida university admissions in 1999 with his signing of an executive order known as the “One Florida” initiative.
That order had two major parts, which have since been upheld in Florida courts:
- Eliminating race and gender preferences at all levels of university admissions, as well as in state government employment and contracting.
- Guaranteeing all high school students who graduate in the top 20 percent of their class acceptance to one of Florida’s public colleges or universities and increasing funding for need-based financial aid.