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Looking at the Supreme Court’s Latest Decision on Affirmative Action

by Laura Wesley

In a 7-1 decision yesterday in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the Supreme Court affirmed the practice of considering race as one of the “plus” factors in the college admissions process. The Supreme Court, however, sent the case back to the appellate court to determine whether or not the University of Texas’ admission policy considered race as a factor, or whether race was the determining factor in the admissions process.

For more resources on teaching students about equal protection or about learning about the landmark Supreme Court cases Fisher is based on, (Bakke, Grutter and Gratz), download Constitutional Rights Foundation’s free equal protection lessons:

1) The Constitution and the Bill of Rights: Equal Protection provides a historical background for the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause and its applications.

2) Gratz v. Bollinger (Moot Court Activity) provides analysis and an interactive simulation of the Supreme Court applying the equal protection clause in the context of affirmative action in college admissions.