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In The US State Of California, A Political Battle Is Underway Over A Proposed Amendment To A State Law Called Proposition 209. It Bans What Has Come To Be Known As Affirmative Action. A Policy Of Proving Special Opportunities For, And Favoring Members Of A Disadvantaged Group Who Suffer Discrimination. The Amendment Is Called SCA, Or Senate Constitutional Amendment 5. It Would In Essence, Reinstate Affirmative Action As It Applies To Education In California's System Of State Colleges And Universities. One Of The Organizations Supporting The Amendment Is The California Teachers Association. It Represents About 90 Percent Of California Teachers From Grades Kindergarten To 12th Grade. The CTA's Spokesman Mike Myslinski Spoke With VOA's Ira Mellman. (Q&A Mellman / Myslinki)... A Large Group Of Californians Who Oppose The Law Is A Good Number Of The State's Populous Asian-American Community. They Represent 38 Percent Of California's Public College Student Population And Account For 45 Percent Of The Freshman Class, More Than Double Their Share Of California's Population. They Fear SCA 5 And It's Return To Affirmative Action Would Greatly Reduce Their Numbers In California Schools. Daybreak Asia's Ira Mellman Spoke With W.B. Woo. The Former Lt. Governor Of The State Of Delaware And The President Of The 80-20 Political Action Commitee. Woo Says It Is The Largest Asian-American Political Action Committee In the United Sates.