Minority Losses Since Florida Ended Affirmative Action

April 12, 2010

Ten years after Florida eliminated affirmative action in admissions for its university system, the gaps have grown between both the black and Latino share of high school graduates and of enrolled university students, The Orlando Sentinel reported. Under the plan -- championed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush -- universities wouldn't consider race and ethnicity in admissions, but would offer spots to those at the top of their high school classes, regardless of test scores. Bush said that the plan offered a legal way to promote diversity -- at a time when some doubted (incorrectly, in turned out) that courts would continue to allow affirmative action in admissions.

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