University officials in Texas, worried about the legality of affirmative action programs after recent blows, have suspended a statewide scholarship program for minority students. A recent decision by a federal court forbids affirmative action programs for people of color in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Higher education officials feel the ruling might have implications far beyond the three-state region. The University of Texas has filed an appeal.
The scholarship program now being dismantled was created to combat federal criticism of the low rates of minority enrollment. Its $1.5 million benefit about 1,300 minority students in Texas