U of Texas To Appeal Repeal of Affirmative Action Programs
The University Texas Board of Regents voted unanimously to appeal a previous ruling that banned affirmative action programs at the school. The "Hopwood" ruling was issued by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1996.
U of Texas officials argued that the ruling places them at a competitive disadvantage with other schools. Donald Evans, chair of the Board of Regents, said, "Right now, there's one standard for Texas and a standard for all the other 49 states. We think that's unfair."
The University needs the Texas attorney general's approval to proceed with the appeal and cannot contest the legality of its former affirmative action programs. Rather, the school will argue that the ruling harms the school's ability to recruit students.
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries, including a delegation from the United States. . . .