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Supreme Court sends Affirmative Action case back to lower court

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The US Supreme Court has sent an Affirmative Action case involving the University of Texas back to a lower court.

The Supreme Court announced its ruling Monday morning. The case involves Abigail Fisher who individually sued the University of Texas after her college application was rejected in 2008 when she was a high school senior in Sugar Land, Texas.

Fisher claims she was turned away in part because she is white, despite being more qualified than some minority applicants. The school defends its policy of considering race as one of many factors—such as test scores, community service, leadership and work experience—to ensure a diverse campus.

The court's 7-1 decision Monday leaves unsettled many of the basic questions about the continued use of race as a factor in college admissions.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court, says a federal appeals court needs to subject the University of Texas admission plan to the highest level of judicial scrutiny.

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