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What's at Stake in the Supreme Court Affirmative Action Cases

November 1, 2022

What's at Stake in the Supreme Court Affirmative Action Cases

Ask Students: Who has brought the case described in the story to the Supreme Court, and why? Which questions are the Supreme Court considering about affirmative action?

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Summary

This week, the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in two cases seeking to overturn decades-old precedents that have allowed colleges to factor race into admissions decisions in order to create diverse student bodies. Opponents of the practice say that any decision based on race is wrong. Angel Perez, CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, joins John Yang to discuss. For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who has brought the case described in the story to the Supreme Court, and why?
  • Which questions are the Supreme Court considering about affirmative action?
  • When will these cases be decided?
  • Why are these cases being brought now?
  • How has the Supreme Court ruled on race-based affirmative actions in colleges and universities in the past?

Focus Questions

How do you think college admissions would change if the Supreme Court court struck down precedent on affirmative action rulings?

Media Literacy: Who else would you want to hear from to better understand these cases and why they are being brought now to the Supreme Court?

Be the Judge

Listen to the arguments made before the Supreme Court. Based on the portion of recording that you listened to, what arguments did the justices seem most sympathetic toward?

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