SB185 Raises Race Factor In California Admissions

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Monday, October 3, 2011

A satirical bake sale at UC Berkeley captured national attention this week when its Republican student sponsors priced cupcakes according to the buyer's ethnicity.

But their mockery of affirmative action - and the angry backlash on campus - also put the spotlight on a little-known bill awaiting action by Gov. Jerry Brown that could run afoul of California's constitutional prohibition against public agencies granting preferences on the basis of race, ethnicity or gender.

Or it might not.

That's what the fight will be about if Brown signs SB185, a bill intended to increase the presence of black, Latino and Native American students on public campuses by letting schools include race and sex in the factors that they use to decide who gains admission.

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