California's controversial 1996 voter initiative, banning affirmative action in education, public hiring or contracting, known as Proposition 209, is again under court scrutiny. On March 17 a state appeals court approved the Berkeley school district's voluntary integration plan, concluding that it's unique plan to consider the racial makeup of a neighborhood, rather than individual students, does not violate the terms of Prop. 209. Less than a day later, the California Supreme Court asked the state Attorney General, in a separate case, whether Prop. 209's denial of preferences in government contracting violates federal equal protection principles.
Calif.'s affirmative action ban again under court scrutiny
The National Law Journal
March 19, 2009
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