Race Could Return to UC, CSU Admissions

“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.”

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