Michigan On the Hook Again
On December 19, a federal judge in Michigan gave the state’s universities an extra six months (until next July 1) to comply with the Proposal 2 ban on racial preferences in college admissions, passed by the voters in November. And this despite the proposal’s plain language that its effective date would be December 23, 2006. Yesterday, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit reversed that ruling (PDF here), telling the state’s universities that they must abandon racial preferences forthwith. This will be a nice way for applicants to Michigan’s public universities to start the new year—without the perpetuation for another moment of state-sponsored racial discrimination.