“Proposition 209 specifically stated that race and ethnicity may not be used, and preferences may not be used in college admissions. (The bill) says it shall not be a preference, yet the rest of bill does exactly that,” said Craig DeLuz, spokesperson for Assemblymember Tim Leslie.
DeLuz said the real solution to the slumping numbers lies in the state’s K-12 system, which he said is not preparing all students equally for college.
“We believe this bill is an attempt to hide the real issue: Why is our public education doing such a poor job preparing African Americans and Latinos?” he said. “The key is to create a level playing field. Let’s give all kids the opportunity to do well.”