St. Petersburg Times Online: News of Florida
 Devil Rays Forums

printer version

Regents want NAACP challenge dismissed

Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 9, 2000


TALLAHASSEE -- The Board of Regents is asking a judge to dismiss an NAACP legal challenge that halted Gov. Jeb Bush's plan to overhaul affirmative action in university admissions.

In a petition filed this week, the board claims that neither the NAACP nor an African-American mother and son who joined in the lawsuit to block Bush's plan have legal standing to do so.

The NAACP's legal challenge, filed Feb. 25, effectively halted Bush's Talented 20 plan three days after the state Board of Education adopted it. The Talented 20 program would guarantee admission to students who finish in the top 20 percent of their high school class. The Bush plan eliminates race- and gender-based admissions policies.

"If there is any organization that has standing to challenge these rules, it's one that has fought for almost a century for better education for African-Americans, and that's the NAACP," said attorney John D.C. Newton II, who filed the petition on behalf of the NAACP. Board attorney Bill Williams declined to comment.

Back to State news

Back to Top
© St. Petersburg Times. All rights reserved.
 


Headlines
  • 'I felt death right behind me'
  • Abduction of girl, 10, stirs fear in county
  • NAACP leaders, Bush keep talks open
  • FSU might win a medical school with focus on elderly
  • Sponsor kills proposal to pack Supreme Court
  • Regents want NAACP challenge dismissed
  • Dispute stalling bill to ban discount gas
  • Session turns swiftly to roadwork

  • hearme.com