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State Senator Grothman wants to follow Michigan's lead in banning affirmative action

WEST BEND, WI (WTAQ) - State Senator Glenn Grothman says he'll revive his proposal to ban affirmative action in Wisconsin, after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed public colleges in Michigan to do the same.  

The West Bend Republican told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he'll propose a constitutional amendment. But he might not be around to shepherd it through.  

Lawmakers are not scheduled to return to session until January, and Grothman is running for Congress this fall. His measure comes after the Supreme Court Tuesday upheld Michigan's 2006 constitutional amendment banning race as a factor in college admissions.

Grothman said people don't realize the extent of race and gender preferences in society -- and he cited government contracts for women and minority-owned businesses as examples. He calls such preferences "divisive."  

GOP legislative leaders did not comment Tuesday on the Supreme Court decision. Neither did Governor Scott Walker and UW officials.

UW-Madison has said that race is one of many factors reviewed in deciding who gets admitted.

Democrat Mary Burke, who's running against Walker this fall, says she would not drop the UW's policies. She pointed to a recent Annie E. Casey Foundation report, showing that Wisconsin is among the nation's worst in providing opportunities to minority children -- especially blacks. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)