Michigan and California Take the Initiative on Higher Education Affirmative Action

Michigan, in adopting Proposition 2, and California, in adopting Proposition 209, enacted race-neutral public education admissions standards which were vindicated by a 6-2 vote in the US Supreme Court in Schuette v. Coalition, 572 US ____ (2014) and the California Supreme Court in Coral Construction v. City and County of San Francisco, 50 Cal. 4th 315 (2010). Proponents of race-conscious admissions will now have to consider alternatives to simply overturning these kinds of initiatives on equal protection grounds.

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