Calif. race-based admissions law challenged anew
(AP) – Feb 16, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO — A pro-affirmative action group is renewing efforts to
overturn the California law that prohibits public universities from
considering race in student admissions.
Attorneys for Michigan-based By Any Means Necessary filed a
class-action lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Oakland. It
challenges the constitutionality of the ballot measure approved by the
state's voters in 1996.
Both a federal appeals court and the California Supreme Court have
rebuffed earlier challenges to the law, known as Proposition 209.
The complaint says a pair of U.S. Supreme Court rulings in affirmative
action cases since those earlier decisions warrant another effort to
invalidate the part of Proposition 209 that deals with university
admissions. The law also barred racial preferences in government
hiring and contracts.
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