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High court to revisit race in college admissions

University of Texas program put in spotlight

WASHINGTON — Nine years after the Supreme Court said colleges and universities can use race in their quest for diverse student bodies, the justices have put this divisive social issue back on their agenda in the middle of a presidential election campaign.

Nine years is a blink of the eye on a court where justices can look back two centuries for legal precedents. But with an ascendant conservative majority, the high court in arguments Wednesday will weigh whether to limit or even rule out taking race into account in college admissions. The justices will be looking at the University of Texas program that is used to help fill the last quarter or so of its incoming freshman classes.

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