SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California is weighing in on the U.S. Supreme Court case over the use of affirmative action in college admissions.

UC leaders on Monday filed a “friend of the court” brief to the Supreme Court, which is expected to consider a challenge to the University of Texas’ use of race in undergraduate admissions.

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UC’s president and 10 chancellors argue it’s necessary to consider race to ensure racial diversity on selective campuses.

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The university leaders point to UC’s struggles to create diverse student bodies in the 16 years since California voters banned affirmative action in public hiring, contracting and university admissions.

They say since Proposition 209 passed in 1996, the number of black, Latino and Native American students has declined substantially at its most competitive campuses and graduate programs.

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