Statement: Admissions Policy Supreme Court Ruling

June 23, 2016

Fisher v. University of Texas case

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) released the following statement on the Supreme Court upholding the Fisher v. University of Texas case.

"Today’s Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas was a victory for our diverse nation and another resounding reminder that you cannot address inequality by refusing to acknowledge it. California, despite being a leader on so many other issues, lags behind the rest of the nation when it comes policies that ensure equal opportunity in education and is one of only eight states that prohibit the use of race in public college admissions. The passage of Proposition 209 in 1998 caused a significant drop in the number of minority students admitted to our University of California and California State University campuses. As a result, schools like UCLA are expending significant resources to attract a more diverse student body because less expensive and more effective race-conscious admission policies are not available to them under Prop. 209. There is plenty of research showing the educational and economic benefits to promoting diversity in our institutions of higher learning. I was a beneficiary of affirmative action policies, and I believe I made the most of it. California needs to again extend that same equality of opportunity to all its students so we can ensure our workforce is reflective of, and competitive in, today's diverse global economy."