The Supreme Court has decided not to rule on affirmative action, sending the case back to a federal appeals court for review by a 7-1 vote.
The ruling, however, was an initial victory for Abigail Fisher, a white woman who applied to the university in 2008 and was denied and claimed her rights had been violated. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court’s conservatives and two of its liberals, said that the University of Texas had not demonstrated that the program was “narrowly tailored” to meet its goals, and said that college admissions can only use affirmative action in very narrow circumstances.
While the ruling seemed to limit the instances in which affirmative actions can be used, it did not exclude the possibility that schools would be able to show such programs could be necessary and justified in the future.
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