HARRISBURG, June 24, 2013 – State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 7-1 ruling today on Fisher v. University of Texas, which argued affirmative action admission policies with racial considerations:
“Some may breathe a sigh of relief because the U.S. Supreme Court chose not to offer any definitive ruling on affirmative action in higher education admissions – at least not today. However, there are forces that continue to chip away at the ladder that offers opportunity; they are working overtime to lay the groundwork to dismantle that ladder permanently. And that remains troubling.
“This case may have focused on a school in Texas, but with our 14 public, four state-related and scores of other private colleges and universities, Pennsylvania is not immune to the ramifications of the outcome.
“At a time when we are fighting to increase and strengthen public educational opportunities on the K-12 level, we should be just as diligent in preserving them on the college level if we truly want to create an American society that can compete and win globally,” Williams said.