After heading the campaign for Prop. 209, which passed with 54 percent of the vote in 1996, he pushed a similar initiative in Washington state that passed in 1998 with 58 percent.
Now, Michigan voters will decide Nov. 7 whether to end affirmative action in their state`s renowned public colleges and its public schools and other state agencies, and Connerly is helping the campaign. Polls conducted earlier this month showed the initiative in a dead heat.
"If we can win a blue state like Michigan, it is a powerful message that preferences are not embraced; it will hasten the demise of treating people differently," said Connerly, who says he will persist until affirmative action is banned in every state. [Opponent of racial preferences takes quest to Michigan, San Francisco Chronicle 10/30/06]
Meanwhile, the social engineers at the University of California are still fighting academic attainment as a basis for entrance [UC urged to rely less on tests for admissions]. Rather than depending on tried and true measurements of scholarship, a new report recommends that characteristics like "spark" count for more than grades and test scores.
The latest trendy scheme sounds like the lego exam proposed a few years back, in which students were judged on qualities like taking the initiative, problem solving and working well with others. Also known as the Bial-Dale College Adaptability Index, the test did not win acceptance even though its goal was to admit more minority students to college whether they were academically qualified or not.