Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Affirmative Action Policy Is Upheld

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Affirmative Action Policy Is Upheld

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WASHINGTON -- The 30-year conservative campaign to strike down race-based affirmative action came to an apparent end Thursday when a University of Texas admissions policy was upheld by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the last of the Reagan appointees to the Supreme Court and often the deciding vote on divisive issues.

Kennedy said a university and its leaders deserve "considerable deference" as they seek "student body diversity" that is "central to its identity and educational mission."

By a 4-3 vote, the justices rejected a discrimination claim brought by a white student who had good but not excellent credentials when she was turned down for admission by the Austin campus in 2008. Abigail Fisher became the plaintiff in a suit that asked the court to rule that considering a student's race or ethnicity violated the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection. …

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