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Michigan On the Hook Again



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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.


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