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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the president believes in “diversity in higher education” when asked about the conservative-dominated Supreme Court agreeing to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions.
Watch the briefing in the player above.
The court said it will take up lawsuits claiming that Harvard University, a private institution, and the University of North Carolina, a state school, discriminate against Asian American applicants. A decision against the schools could mean the end of affirmative action in college admissions.
The affirmative action case probably will be argued in the fall. Both suits were filed by Students for Fair Admissions, a Virginia-based group run by Edward Blum. He has worked for years to rid college admissions of racial considerations, and the court’s new lineup breathed new life into his project.
The group is calling on the court to overturn its 2003 ruling in Grutter v. Bollinger, which upheld the University of Michigan’s law school admissions program.
The Biden administration had urged the justices to stay away from the issue, writing in the Harvard case that the challenges “cannot justify that extraordinary step” of overruling the 2003 decision.
Psaki also spoke about the rise in gun violence in the country following the shooting of police officers in New York and Washington DC over the weekend.
And the White House says school district should continue to follow the guidance of public health officials as Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin faced a new legal challenge over his executive action that aimed to let parents opt out of school mask mandates as his order took effect Monday.
Monday’s legal challenge was brought by seven schools boards in the state filed a lawsuit in Arlington County Circuit Court seeking to block the executive order.
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