U of M Fundamentally Flawed?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

President Bush is weighing in on a key affirmative action case -- calling a college admissions plan before the Supreme Court "fundamentally flawed."

Administration lawyers are filing a legal brief Thursday that charges the University of Michigan's system is unconstitutional.

Previewing the brief for reporters, Bush said the Michigan plan is essentially a quota system.

He says racial prejudice is real and must be fought -- but not with what he terms "another wrong." He says quotas are "divisive, unfair and impossible to square with the Constitution."

The Michigan plan awards minority applicants extra points based on their race, and sets percentage targets for the student body.

Bush says he strongly backs diversity -- but believes it can be achieved without race-based preferences. He points to plans in Florida, California and Texas that guarantee admission to state universities for the top graduates in each high school.


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