PPIC REPORT: Affirmative Action and Higher Education in California

Earlier this summer, the state legislature voted to place Proposition 16 on the November ballot. If passed, Proposition 16 would repeal a nearly 25-year-old ban on affirmative action (Proposition 209). Since 1996, Proposition 209 has prohibited California’s public higher education institutions from considering race, sex, or ethnicity in admissions.

The debate on affirmative action is controversial: proponents argue that it is needed to address racial inequalities and ensure a racially/ethnically representative student body, and opponents maintain that it is discriminatory and anti-meritocratic.

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