I wrote this in response to this question (sorry I know it's long but it's the actual question & yes I am aware of the typo):
In November 2013, Congress passes, and the President signs, the America Promotes Public
Leadership in Education (APPLE) Act of 2013. The Act includes the following key provisions:
1) All states must adopt affirmative action admissions policies for their public
universities that require consideration of a prospective student's race or ethnicity
when deciding whether to admit the student and that give applicants in a racial or
ethnic group that is underrepresented at the public university a preference in
admission in order to achieve a diverse student body and improve the educational
2) States that fail to adopt these required affirmative action policies by October 1, 2014,
are ineligible to receive any federal funds for education programs, including both
higher education programs and K-12 programs.
Teresa Talkative is a high school junior at Peaceful Public High School. She is Caucasian.
Shortly after the APPLE Act is passed, Teresa begins posting on her "Facebook Wall" about how
upset she is about the Act. She first states that she thinks the Act is stupid and will hurt her
chances to get into a public university. She continues to post, making numerous offensive and
derogatory comments about various racial and ethnic minority groups. Even though Teresa had
her privacy settings set so that only her "friends" could see posts on her Wall, the Principal of
Peaceful Public High School receives copies of the posts. The Principal also receives several
complaints from parents of students who were offended by the comments. Because of Teresa's
conduct, the Principal suspends Teresa for one week and prohibits her from participating on the
basketball team for the season.
Write an essay between 200 and 1000 words analyzing (1) whether the APPLE Act of 2013 is
constitutional and (2) whether Teresa's discipline by the Principal of Peaceful Public High
School violates the Constitution. Make specific reference in your answer to any applicable
Articles, Amendments and any other surrounding contextual constitutional authority on which
you can reasonably rely. You may include actual historical examples of the application of any
relevant constitutional authority. This is an open-ended question, and you are free to take any
position you wish.
They took the top 100 and this essay was one of them so tell me what you think.
Submitted:May 10, 2013 Reads: 7 Comments: 0 Likes: 0