Affirmative Action Initiative Fails

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250 protesters - mostly high school - were in attendance for the meetings. The crowd grew to an uproar when the board was about to vote on the measure. A table was knocked over and one person was arrested.

Eventually, the board did vote... but the measure failed. Two were in favor of the initiative, one was against and one member abstained. Three votes were required to place the measure on the ballot.

Proponents of the measure - who say the measure would end racial discrimination in job hirings and college applications - say they will file a lawsuit against the members who did not vote for the measure... and in doing so went against the State Appellate Court's wishes.

Opponents see it as a victory in the fight for racial equality and affirmative action.