The state's top court has agreed to decide if Maryland's Dream Act will be on the ballot this fall.

The Court of Appeals said this week it will hear CASA de Maryland's appeal of a judge's decision to allow the referendum on the 2010 law. The court scheduled arguments for June 12.

The controversial measure was designed to provide college tuition discounts to certain illegal immigrants. Opponents blocked the law from taking effect last year by obtaining enough signatures to bring it to a referendum. The immigrant advocacy organization and others then challenged the referendum.

Last year, the Democrat-controlled General Assembly passed Maryland Dream Act and Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley signed it. The law would extend to undocumented immigrants who attended three years of high school in Maryland and can show that their parents filed state tax returns the same in-state tuition discounts that legal residents receive.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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