Florida Bans Affirmative Action for State Colleges
Gov. Jeb Bush and the Florida Cabinet voted 4-2 to approve Bush's One Florida plan on Tuesday, making Florida the first state to voluntarily ban affirmative action programs for women and minorities in state colleges.
Bush's plan states that students who graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class and complete a college preparatory curriculum will get into one of the 10 state universities. The changes, approved by the state's public university governing body, the Board of Regents, will take effect immediately.
Students, lawmakers, and women's groups had protested the anti-affirmative action plan prior to Tuesday's vote. Opponents of the One Florida anti-affirmative action plan vowed to keep fighting.
Media Resources: The Associated Press - February 23, 2000
7/24/2014 From Passion to Progress Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists - Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) staff, two congresswomen, and over a hundred DC interns came together yesterday for FMF's Intern Student/Activist briefing in Dirksen Senate building to discuss how to put a women's rights agenda into action.
Over plates of donuts and cups coffee, participants listened to a succession of engaging and passionate speeches from congressional and feminist leaders: Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and FMF President Eleanor Smeal. . . .