New study urges consideration of race in college admissions

The use of standardized tests in college admissions has created much controversy in recent years.  Do test scores predict college success? Are the tests fair to minorities and poor applicants?  Are applicants, whose parents did not attend college, at a disadvantage?  Some schools have … Continue reading

Los Angeles court redefines discrimination under Proposition 209

In early May, the Los Angeles Court of Appeal issued a decision in Cesar Baez v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System.  The decision is, for the most part, unremarkable.  But there is one controversial section that, contrary to existing case law, severely limits protections adopted by the voters in Proposition 209 in … Continue reading

Brown signs bill that purports to overturn Schuette

Ten days ago, Governor Brown signed AB 2646 into law.  The stated purpose of the statute is return the law to where it was before the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Schuette v. BAMN — the case that upheld the … Continue reading

California stands up for equality

Proposition 209 is not going anywhere.  Efforts by certain lawmakers to repeal California’s landmark constitutional amendment ended yesterday when the the amendment’s sponsors decided to table further voting.  Students graduating in the next couple of years from California’s public high … Continue reading

Effort to reinstate racial preferences puts affirmative action into new light

An effort to reinstate affirmative action in California highlights the paradigm shift that is happening with respect to the purposes and effects of affirmative action.  The affirmative-action paradigm is that affirmative action allows universities to admit racial/ethnic minorities over more-deserving … Continue reading

California Senate wants voters to give state universities the power to discriminate

In a vote that fell along strict party lines, the California Senate Democrat supermajority voted yesterday to put a controversial constitutional amendment on the November ballot. SCA5 would give universities the power to judge students on the basis of race … Continue reading

Coverage of PLF at the Supreme Court for Schuette

Last week I was in Washington, D.C. for the oral argument in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.  This is the case that is challenging whether voters have the right to prohibit racial preferences by government.  In 1996, California voters becase the … Continue reading

PLF attorney, Ralph Kasarda, to appear on KQED Forum

PLF staff attorney, Ralph Kasarda, will be appearing on the KQED Forum radio show at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, October 15, 2013, to discuss Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.  The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral argument in that … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — September 27, 2013

Education Reform — Charter Schools The Georgia Supreme Court issued an excellent decision in Atlanta Independent School System v. Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, Inc.  As explained in more detail in our blog post, public school districts in Georgia are required to … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — August 23, 2013

Property Rights — Washington State We filed this amicus brief in Keene Valley Ventures v. City of Richland in support of a petition for review before the Washington State Supreme Court.  Here, the town deliberately flooded the landowner’s property and a … Continue reading