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Ed Dept requires Texas Tech Med School to end affirmative action

Post by jserraglio » Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:01 pm

Shades of things to come?

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Agreement is the first time the Trump administration has asked a school to curtail its affirmative-action practices

WASHINGTON—The Education Department’s civil rights division is requiring the Texas Tech University system to end its use of race in admissions decisions, a move to force the school into compliance with its view of federal antidiscrimination law.
The university’s Health Sciences Center struck the deal with the Education Department in February, concluding a 14-year investigation into the university’s use of affirmative action, according to a copy of the resolution agreement viewed by The Wall Street Journal.
The agreement is the first time the Trump administration has asked a school to curtail its affirmative-action practices. It signals the direction the administration will take future investigations of schools’ use of race in admissions, say people familiar with the administration’s plans.
“This shows the Trump administration is taking seriously its responsibility to enforce civil rights in a way that protects all Americans,” said Roger Clegg, general counsel of Center for Equal Opportunity, an anti-affirmation action advocacy group. “The more schools that don’t use racial preferences, the harder it is for the remaining schools to justify their use of it.”
Under President Trump, the Department of Education has argued the Obama administration took too expansive a view of how schools can factor race into their admissions decisions.
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In July, the Education Department revoked a set of Obama-era guidelines laying out how schools could legally weigh race as one factor to achieve diversity, and the Justice Department filed a brief in support of plaintiffs suing Harvard University for allegedly holding Asian-American applicants to a higher standard in its admissions process.
The administration has also opened civil rights investigations into Harvard and Yale’s treatment of Asian-American applicants.
The Supreme Court has ruled schools may use affirmative action to increase diversity several times since the 1970s. In 2016, the high court reaffirmed the practice in a 4-3 decision, but former Justice Anthony Kennedy in that opinion left the door open to future legal challenges by saying universities must continue to review their affirmative-action policies to assess their positive and negative effects.
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Texas Tech didn’t respond to a request for comment.
In its resolution agreement with Texas Tech, Education Department officials said the school hadn’t been conducting annual assessments of its use of race in admissions decisions. The Supreme Court’s decree has been interpreted by Education Department officials and most schools to require them to ensure each year that factors other than race, like socioeconomic status, achieve the same levels of diversity.
“The Supreme Court has issued clear guidance on the appropriate consideration of race in college admissions and [The Office for Civil Rights] is enforcing Title VI consistent with the Court’s rulings,” said Liz Hill, a department spokeswoman, referring to the section of the 1964 civil rights law on racial discrimination.
In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Grutter v. Bollinger that universities could weigh race in admissions decisions, prompting Texas Tech once more to adopt race and national origin as factors.
The Education Department began investigating Texas Tech in 2005, after the Center for Equal Opportunity filed a complaint against the school with the department’s civil rights division.
The school discontinued its use of affirmative action at its pharmacy school in 2008 and in undergraduate admissions in 2013. But the medical school argued that it must continue weighing race in its admissions process because doctors from different backgrounds could best serve Texas’ racially and ethnically diverse communities.
According to the resolution agreement, the medical school wasn’t annually reviewing whether race-based measures in admissions were necessary. Therefore, they couldn’t rule out that other factors like whether the applicant is a first-generation college student or is bilingual could yield similar levels of diversity, according to the agreement.
“The Supreme Court has clarified that the academic judgment as to the educational benefits that exist from a diverse student body is entitled to some, but not complete, judicial deference,” Education Department officials wrote to Texas Tech in March, in a letter supplementing the agreement.
The Obama administration on one occasion had asked a university, Pepperdine University in California, to end its consideration of race for an undergraduate scholarship program. The difference, several legal analysts said, was that Pepperdine had conducted a review and couldn’t prove that its consideration of race had achieved any more diversity than would have race-neutral measures.
The Education Department didn’t ask Texas Tech to conduct such a review before requiring that race be eliminated completely from the admissions process.
“This is coming from an administration that can’t blanket say you can’t use race, but is trying to discourage it actively,” said Catherine Lhamon, head of the Education Department’s civil rights division in President Barack Obama’s second term, who negotiated the agreement with Pepperdine.
Write to Michelle Hackman at Michelle.Hackman@wsj.com
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Re: MagaMan's Dept of Ed requires Texas Tech Med School to end affirmative action

Post by lennygoran » Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:10 am

Have no fear-Barr will make sure it's enforced! After his performance yesterday we may have to impeach Trump to get the Mueller report. Regards, Len :(

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Re: MagaMan's Dept of Ed requires Texas Tech Med School to end affirmative action

Post by Rach3 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:55 am

I fear we are entering a Fourth Reich, the Trump Party making it harder for certain minorities to join our society under the guise of being " fair " to Whites ? Perhaps I over-react , but I would not trust these alt.right people if they told me the Sun came up this morning without checking outside first myself.

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Re: MagaMan's Dept of Ed requires Texas Tech Med School to end affirmative action

Post by jserraglio » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:19 pm

In MAGA-speak, 'I am the least racist person you'll ever meet' code-switches to 'most racist'. Similarly in our trumped-up-upside-down world, Fed nominee-to-be Herman Cain's '999' becomes '666'.

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