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Supreme Court Won’t Hear New Case on Race and School Admissions

The decision implies that the majority of justices are not willing to quickly investigate the boundaries of their June finding, as does an order this month refusing to stop West Point’s admissions programme.

The adoption of a strategy meant to diversify the student body at a prestigious public high school in Virginia was made possible when the Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal of the school’s new admissions requirements, which did away with standardised testing.

The court denied the case without providing any justification, as is customary. Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. strongly disapproved of an appeals court’s decision in the case that upheld the new standards and rejected the challengers’ claim that they unjustly harmed Asian Americans.

It is difficult to comprehend the Supreme Court’s “willingness to swallow the aberrant decision below,” Justice Alito said. “I must respectfully dissent because the court refuses to do what we should do, which is to take the decision off the books.”

In June, the Supreme Court overturned race-based admissions policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, but it did not rule out the validity of admissions procedures that attempt to diversify enrollment by not taking race into direct consideration. Nevertheless, Chief Justice John G. Roberts’ majority judgement cited a previous decision that said, “What cannot be done directly cannot be done indirectly.”

The court’s decision to decline to hear the Virginia case and its decision earlier this month to not overturn West Point’s racial admissions policy indicate that most justices may not be in a rush to go beyond their June finding.

The Virginia admissions programme was revised in response to demonstrations against George Floyd’s 2020 murder. One of the best public high schools in the nation, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, implemented what it claimed to be racial-neutral admissions procedures in response to concerns about the low percentage of Black and Hispanic students enrolled. Instead of requiring a difficult entrance exam, the school board allowed the best pupils from each middle school in the

Additionally, admissions staff were told to take into account “experience factors,” which included things like the students’ poverty, English language proficiency, and attendance at a middle school that was “historically underrepresented.” However, none of the applicants’ names, sexes, or races were disclosed to the authorities.

Several Asian American parents opposed the proposal and filed a lawsuit to have it halted under the name Coalition for T.J.

However, in May, a divided panel of three judges from Richmond, Virginia’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided that Thomas Jefferson did not discriminate in its admissions. In its request for the Supreme Court to consider the parents’ appeal, the libertarian legal organisation Pacific Legal Foundation stated that the new admissions policy was “specifically meant to achieve the same

According to the coalition’s petition, the June ruling by the Supreme Court in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard “might mean little if schools could accomplish the same discriminatory result through race-neutral proxies.”

The school board’s solicitors retorted that the new admissions standards were purely socioeconomic and geographic in nature, with no reference to race.The school board’s brief stated, “The new policy is both race neutral and race blind.” “The goal was not to create, nor did it actually create, a student body that closely resembles the racial makeup of Fairfax County or any other predefined racial balance.”

The percentage of Asian American students awarded admission fell to 54% from 73% when the modifications took effect in 2021. The

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