High court sends back Texas race-based plan

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has sent a Texas case on race-based college admissions back to a lower court.

The high court's 7-1 decision Monday leaves unsettled many of the basic questions about the continued use of race as a factor in college admissions.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court, said a federal appeals court needs to subject the University of Texas admission plan to the highest level of judicial scrutiny. The compromise ruling throws out the decision by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the UT Texas admission plan.

A white student - Abigail Fisher - sued UT after she was denied a spot in 2008. She has since received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University.

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