🎓 Deciding Admissions
The hits have been coming in quick succession for the country's elite universities. First, the Varsity Blues scandal revealed a world of bribing and access reserved for the wealthy. Earlier this month, an antitrust suit was brought against a dozen universities. Now, the US Supreme Court is taking aim at Affirmative Action, questioning if it’s a discriminatory admissions model.
In two cases this week, SCOTUS will not only be considering how Harvard and UNC Chapel Hill use affirmative action in admissions, but 43-years worth of legal precedent around race and admissions, says NPR.
Who Is Edward Blum?
Conservative lawyer Edward Blum is behind both the Harvard and UNC Chapel Hill cases. Before his crusade against the admissions system, he worked on cases that led to the 2013 gutting of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Before this newest make-up of the Supreme Court, it would have been safe to assume that 43 years of legal precedent would keep Affirmative Action standing. However, with the court's shift on Roe v. Wade, anything now seems possible.