SCOTUS denies hearing affirmative action case

by ian


The Supreme Court just declined to review a highly controversial case, only months after deeming affirmative action unconstitutional.

A group of students and parents sued the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia, claiming that the school’s revamped admissions policy discriminates against Asian Americans.

For context, after the allegedly “race-neutral” process was implemented, Black and Hispanic student enrollment increased significantly, while Asian American representation decreased from 73% to 54%.

But a Fourth Circuit court of appeals sided with the school, keeping the policy in place. And now the plaintiff’s hopes of being vindicated in the Supreme Court are gone.

But Justice Samuel Alito disagrees with both courts’ decisions. He released a scathing dissent yesterday, calling the Fourth Circuit’s reasoning a “virus that may spread.”