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Affirmative Action Ruling

Friends and foes of affirmative action are claiming victory in the Supreme Court ruling.

The high court upheld certain racial preference programs at the University of Michigan, but struck down others. Florida State schools don't practice affirmative action, and Gov. Bush said that would not change.

By mid-afternoon Monday, the ruling had already gone from the courtroom to the classroom.

Just hours after the supreme court's rulings on affirmative action, Professor Steven Gey was explaining the rulings to his constitutional law class. Professor Steven Gey, FSU College of Law, said, “the bottom line message is public universities can still engage in affirmative action on the basis of race. It's really just a matter of how they do it.”

It's unclear what effect the Supreme Court's decision might have on the program that drives diversity in Florida.

Donald Weidner, Dean, FSU College of Law, said, “we are permitted under one Florida as it stands to make efforts to diversify our student body, but those efforts cannot include taking race into account as a factor of admissions.

Even at a university that doesn't use affirmative action, students still have strong opinions on it.

Scott Graul, against affirmative action, said, “if people want to be treated as equals, should be treated as equals and not get preferential treatment. I don't think that's right.

One thing is probably certain after Monday’s ruling, we'll be seeing plenty of cases challenging affirmative action programs, as the courts spell out exactly what's acceptable under the law.


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