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The Past And Future Of Affirmative Action In Texas

Trump Administration’s retraction on Obama-era guidance on affirmative action could lead to future challenges in the courts?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies event in May. On July 3rd the departments of Justice and Education announced that they have retracted documents that advised schools on how they could legally consider race in admissions and other decisions.

President Trump has rescinded Obama-era guidance on affirmative action in college admissions, a subject the Supreme Court ruled on in Fisher v. University of Texas in 2016 in favor of the university’s affirmative action policy. 20 years prior to that case was another affirmative action landmark, Hopwood v. Texas, where the ruling was more or less the opposite.

Though the Trump Administration’s move doesn’t actually change any laws, could there be future challenges to affirmative action in the courts?

In the audio above Joshua Zinn spoke with professor of higher education law Michael Olivas about Texas’ history with affirmative action and what is in store for the future.

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