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Affirmative Action: What You Need to Know About Fisher v. University of Texas

If you’re looking for an easy way to track the affirmative action case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin — now being heard by the Supreme Court –  head over to EdMedia Commons. There’s a concise breakdown of the history of race-based and race-neutral admissions policies, specifics about this and other related cases, and additional background that will help make sense of what’s at stake.

Also on EMC, check out the overview of the legal issues central to the case, as well as what you can expect to hear during oral arguments. For more from the perspective of social scientists, EMC has  summaries of recent  studies on the issue of race-based admissions.

We will  be tracking some of the fine work being done by education journalists at the regional and national level who are following this contentious case. An early standout: the Hechinger Report’s Sarah Garland. Garland offers a smart take on the Unfinished Work of Affirmative Action, taking a deeper look at exactly how Abigail Fisher’s rejected application to UT-Austin triggered a  journey to the nation’s highest court.

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