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A Broken Promise in Texas: Race, the Death Penalty and the Duane Buck Case
[NEW ORLEANS] Three federal appeals court judges gave no clear signal Tuesday of how they might rule in a case challenging the University of Texas' consideration of race and ethnicity in undergraduate admissions.
The judges with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in New Orleans by lawyers defending UT's practice and a lawyer contesting it on behalf of two white students who were denied admission.
The three-judge panel is not expected to rule for several months.
The funding formula used to provide grants to New Orleans residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita very likely disadvantaged black homeowners because it was based on depressed property values that result from both current racial isolation and the city’s segregated past, a U.S. District Court judge has indicated.
Seven leading civil rights groups, including the NAACP and the National Urban League, called on U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today to dismantle core pieces of his education agenda, arguing that his emphases on expanding charter schools, closing low-performing schools, and using competitive rather than formula funding are detrimental to low-income and minority children.
(New York, NY) -- The ordeal that Shirley Sherrod has endured this week with such strength and grace should never have happened. No one should be so unfairly accused. And no one should lose their job without a fair chance to respond to the allegations against them. Of course, Shirley Sherrod should be reinstated to an appropriate position. Of course, she should receive an apology from those government officials who contributed to her ordeal.