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U.S. Supreme court hearing on Affirmative Action
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Tuesday Michigan's ban on Affirmative Action will take center stage at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Attorney General Bill Schuette is in Washington preparing arguments.
This all stems from the voter approved amendment to our state's constitution from 2006 which bans any consideration of using race in the admission process for state schools.
Tuesday the ACLU will tell the Supreme Court that the decision is not legal. The part of the amendment being addressed by the Supreme Court says the state's public colleges and universities "shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin."
An appeals court has already ruled against Michigan, saying the provision goes against the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Those against it say the numbers speak for themselves. Black enrollment is down 30-percent at the University of Michigan's Law and Medical Schools since the was passed.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette was on Fox News Monday night defending the amendment. He says it's the best way to stop discrimination in our state.
"What we're saying in Michigan is that we're requiring equal treatment. It's wrong, it's fundamentally wrong to treat people differently based on the color of your skin, race, gender, ethnicity, national origin. We're saying no. And the only thing we're discriminating against in Michigan is discrimination itself," said Schuette.
Schuette says Michigan needs to start early to give minority students a better chance to compete at the college level.
He says our state needs to improve the academic process starting in elementary school.
If the Supreme Court sides with Michigan it could have nationwide implications for Affirmative Action. Right now there are nine other states with similar constitutional amendments and they would also be allowed to keep them.
There's no time table for when the Supreme Court will make its decision.