California Court Strikes Down Minority-Hiring Goals for Community Colleges

An appeals court in California last week struck down a 1978 state law that had required community colleges to meet certain goals and timetables for hiring female and minority employees.

The decision was a defeat for the state's community-college system, which had fought hard to defend the law against a suit alleging that the measure violates the equal-protection clause of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment as well as Proposition 209, a 1996 amendment to the state Constitution that