Bonta promises equal access to education, despite Court ruling on race in admissions

June 29, 2023 – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. University of North Carolina. In significant rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that race-based preferences in the admissions policies of both universities are unconstitutional.

“Today’s Supreme Court decisions have far-reaching implications for diversity and equal opportunity in higher education, said Attorney General Bonta. “I am deeply disappointed about the potential impact on ongoing efforts to create inclusive learning environments. Today’s rulings will make it harder to achieve that goal. California has long recognized the value of diversity in institutions of higher learning.”

“While the ruling narrows the scope of permissible consideration of race in admissions, it does not diminish our resolve to pursue policies and practices that ensure equal access and opportunities for all students. I remain committed to working with educational institutions, community leaders, and stakeholders to find innovative solutions that promote diversity, equality, and inclusion,” he argues.

Attorney General Bonta joined a multi-state amicus brief in support of education access for underserved communities in Philadelphia. He also joined a multistate coalition to reduce barriers to education for underrepresented student groups. Attorney General Bonta remains committed to exploring innovative approaches to ensure equal opportunities for all students and to dismantle barriers that hinder their success.

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