The much anticipated civil rights decisions are rolling out of the Supreme Court of the United States. Yesterday the Court ruled seven to one vote to send Texas v Fisher back to the Appeals Court and today the Court ruled five to four to gut the Voting Rights Act first passed by Congress in 1965.
University of Texas President Bill Powers restated his and the university’s commitment to promoting inclusion of students from all backgrounds in the UT admissions process. Powers said:
“We remain committed to assembling a student body at The University of Texas at Austin that provides the educational benefits of diversity on campus while respecting the rights of all students and acting within the constitutional framework established by the Court.”
Many educators and policy wonks believe America must promote higher education for every sector and find effective ways to include more and more underrepresented groups at all institutions of higher education.
In Shelby County v. Holder, by ruling to invalidate the formula used to determine the states that must get federal approval to changing in their voting rule changes including redistricting, the Court has essentially gutted the most important part of the Voting Rights Act. Now Congress must act to recalculate formula. Don’t hold your breath. The leadership in the House has led to very few substantial pieces of legislation in last two and half years.