Washington State decided to let colleges use race in admissions decisions. But the public might change its mind.
Masthead Weekly 05.10.19
What does the public want to do about race in college admissions? A legislative fight in Washington State is putting that question front and center for the education writer Adam Harris this week.
What to Know: Washington’s Repeal of a 20-Year Ban on Affirmative Action
What we’re watching: All eyes in the college-admissions world—at least of those thinking about race in admissions—have been trained on the East Coast: at Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, institutions that are being sued over their use of affirmative action. But changes are under way across the country. In a Sunday-night vote in April, state lawmakers in Washington passed an initiative that would end the state’s 20-year ban on affirmative action. It was an unprecedented move; while voters in California, Michigan, and other states have banned the use of race in college admissions, Washington’s legislature is the first to overturn that ban.