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  • Patrick calls affirmative action ruling troubling 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:29 pm
  • BOSTON - Gov. Deval Patrick called the Supreme Court's ruling allowing voters to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions "very troubling" Wednesday and said his administration is looking to see whether there are any implications for Massachusetts.

  • California bill reignites affirmative action fight 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 12:13 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state's powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives.

  • Backers, opponents of Michigan ban react to ruling 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 7:49 pm
  • DETROIT - The U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday upholding the state's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions comes as the University of Michigan has been taking steps to reach out to minorities and make them feel welcome on campus.

  • Schuette praises high court ruling on admissions 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 4:35 pm
  • LANSING, Michigan - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is praising the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the state's ban on using race in university admissions.

  • Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 3:49 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America.

  • 9 Pennsylvania colleges target of gender complaint 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:31 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A women's legal organization has filed discrimination complaints against nine universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, alleging the schools have repeatedly failed to provide equal athletic opportunities for female students over several decades.

  • SC judge who wrote separate not equal honored 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 1:31 pm
  • CHARLESTON, South Carolina - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the first federal judge to write an opinion challenging separate but equal decades after the policy was declared the law by the U.S. Supreme Court was morally right and historically gutsy.

  • Hall of Famer: Gay athletes face old questions 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 9:54 pm
  • AUSTIN, Texas - NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell said Wednesday that gay athletes' current fight for equality and acceptance reminds him of some of the same struggles black athletes faced in the 1960s.

  • Wisconsin seeks answer to student achievement gap 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:21 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin had the worst achievement gap between black and white students among states last year, and officials shouldered the blame Wednesday while putting the onus on teachers to address the issue.

  • State, feds declare victory in voucher ruling 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 1:47 pm
  • NEW ORLEANS - Both the state and Justice Department said they were pleased with a judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's private school tuition program.

  • English soccer is now without a black coach 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 3:20 pm
  • LONDON - Norwich didn't fire Chris Hughton because he's black. The English soccer club fired him because it is petrified of dropping out of the Premier League and losing millions in revenue.

  • Court OKs 2 Tangipahoa Schools projects 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 8:38 am
  • HAMMOND, Louisiana - A federal judge overseeing Tangipahoa's longstanding school desegregation case has OKd two capital projects sought by the parish School Board.

  • Judge who first wrote separate is not equal lauded 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 11:14 am
  • CHARLESTON, South Carolina - In a little-known chapter of American history, a federal judge who was the son of a Confederate soldier and presided in the city where the Civil War began was the first judge in the nation to write that segregated schools are unequal schools since separate but equal became the law of the land.

  • Judge addresses issues in desegregation case 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 12:29 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A federal judge says a panel that reviews magnet school programs for three central Arkansas school districts involved in a long-running desegregation battle will cease to exist this summer.

  • IOC commission surveys Tokyo 2020 Olympic plans 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 4:52 am
  • TOKYO - IOC inspectors concluded their first meetings with organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday and said they were impressed with preparations for the games and inclusion of women on the board.

  • Appeals court wants more on desegregation case 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 9:52 am
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal appeals court has asked a Mississippi judge to explain how a freedom of choice plan will desegregate the Cleveland, Mississippi, school system.

  • Peace Corps aims to boost recruiting, diversity 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 4:30 am
  • DETROIT - The leader of the Peace Corps elaborated on the group's plans to simplify the application process for prospective volunteers and to expand and further diversify the applicant pool during a speech Wednesday at the Michigan university where the agency traces its roots.

  • Report: NY schools are most racially segregated 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 3:54 pm
  • NEW YORK - New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • U.Va. president seeks more diverse student body 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 3:06 am
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan wants a more diverse student body, so she's writing to 80 high school principals in low-income areas of the state.