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Howse says rolling back equal opportunity at American colleges limits potential of students everywhere

August 9, 2017
Stephanie D. Howse News

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today responded to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent decision to limit affirmative action policies in college and university admissions.

“Attorney Sessions’ decision to target our fundamental American values of equal opportunity and fairness threatens the future of higher education and limits the potential of students everywhere,” said Howse. “In this day and age, we should be banded together as a country, seeking to spread opportunity and expand the franchise of the American Dream for people who work hard and pay taxes.” 

In the 1960s, Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson issued executive orders to help increase diversity in hiring practices of companies that contracted with the federal government. Colleges and universities followed suit and instituted their own policies to help develop a more diverse student body. In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Fischer v. University of Texas that the practice of “race-conscious” university admission is constitutional.