Parents ask SCOTUS for high school affirmative action ban

Left: Justice Sonia Sotomayor; Center: Justice Clarence Thomas; Right: Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson (image via Erin Schaff/pool/AFP via Getty Images)

An advocacy group has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take its recent ban on affirmative action programs one step further — and extend its ruling from the context of college admissions to the high school arena.

In late June 2023, the Supreme Court eradicated affirmative-action admissions policies at the collegiate level when it ruled that race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.

The non-profit Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), which regularly advocates for libertarian or conservative causes, now asks the justices to reverse a lower court decision that allowed an elite Virginia high school to consider race in its admissions decisions.

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