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Equal Opportunity

Equal opportunity means taking positive steps to end discrimination, to prevent its recurrence, and to create new opportunities that were previously denied qualified minorities and women. Americans for a Fair Chance (AFC) was founded on the belief that the measurable gains accomplished by equal opportunity initiatives contribute to the prosperity and health of our families and communities.

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Fifth Circuit Upholds University of Texas Admissions Policy

July 18, 2014 - Posted by Gabriel Kohrman

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld, for a second time, the University of Texas’ consideration of race as one of many factors in admissions. In a 2-1 ruling, the federal appeals court rejected the case of Abigail Fisher, a White student not accepted to the University of Texas in 2008 who claimed she was refused entrance due to the university’s affirmative action policy.

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Henderson: Common Core an Important Part of Driving Equitable Change

July 7, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

During the Rethinking Accountability conference last month in Washington, D.C., Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said that by supporting the Common Core State Standards – which he calls “an important part of driving equitable change in our public school system” – we are also supporting greater investments in education to prepare effective teachers and provide the resources students need to succeed.

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My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Issues Report to the President

June 3, 2014 - Posted by Connor Maxwell

In a report released on Friday, the ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ task force issued dozens of recommendations to federal agencies as well as public and private entities on how to effectively address persisting opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color in the United States.

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Voter Initiative Banning Race-Conscious Admissions

April 22, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

In a 6-2 decision today in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (companion case Schuette v. Cantrell), the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling and upheld a Michigan voter initiative that bans the practice of race-conscious admissions to the state’s public universities.

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Report: Black Success in Higher Education Not Improving in California

February 19, 2014 - Posted by Tamera Willis

The Campaign for College Opportunity released a report in December titled “The State of Blacks in Higher Education in California: The Persistent Opportunity Gap,” which highlights the enduring disparities between Black students and their White counterparts in California.

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UT-Austin’s Admissions Policy Considered by Federal Court

November 19, 2013 - Posted by Tamera Willis

Sent back to the Fifth Circuit in June by the Supreme Court, Fisher is heard again

On November 13, a three-judge panel revisited Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a challenge to race-conscious admissions policies at UT-Austin. The U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in June, stressing the need for strict scrutiny in evaluating the admission policies of institutions of higher education.

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Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Michigan’s Proposal 2

October 17, 2013 - Posted by Tamera Willis

On October 15, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (companion case Schuette v. Cantrell). This case will have national consequences on whether a majority of individuals in a state can vote to politically hold back the minority.

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Supreme Court Sends Equal Opportunity Case Back to Lower Court

June 24, 2013 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

In a (7-1) decision authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that universities may consider racial and ethnic diversity as one factor among many in a carefully crafted admissions policy.

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A Win in Tennessee for Equal Opportunity

March 11, 2013 - Posted by Gabriella Ramel

The fight to protect equal opportunity in higher education marked a victory in Tennessee with the recent defeat of Senate Bill 8 (S.B. 8) in the state legislature.

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: A Proud ‘Product of Affirmative Action’

February 26, 2013 - Posted by Cedric Lawson

In her newly released memoir, "My Beloved World," Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor defends affirmative action – under which she was admitted to Princeton University and Yale Law School – as a needed tool to help disadvantaged students get to the starting line of the race to success.

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