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Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Racial Preferences In College Admission Policies

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By Paul Johnson

Austin, Texas (CNN) - The U-S Supreme Court will tackle some familiar ground tomorrow (Wednesday), as it hears arguments on the issue of using racial preferences in college admissions. The case at issue was brought by a white woman who claims the University of Texas chose not to admit her because of her race.
Abigail Fisher claims such a move violates the Constitution's equal protection guarantee.
But the university says that using race as a factor in admissions is the only way to keep the student body diverse, and ensure minority representation on campus.
Nine years ago, the Supreme Court ruled to approve such policies.
But since then, the court has become increasingly-conservative.
Many observers feel the court agreed to hear Fisher's case because it is looking for ways to trim back affirmative action programs.
Only eight justices will hear the case. Justice Elena Kagan has recused herself.


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