Trump to rescind Obama-era guidance on affirmative action

05 July, 2018, 04:19 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Trump administration to rollback Obama-era college admission guidelines on race

On Tuesday, the departments of Justice and Education announced that they have retracted documents that advised schools on how they could legally consider race in admissions and other decisions. A Justice Department spokesman said an announcement was imminent. "Students should be able to go to a school without regard to their skin color or what country their ancestors came from", he said. Separately, the Justice Department is conducting a civil rights investigation of Harvard admissions.

The administration's decision comes as a federal lawsuit questioning admissions policies moves forward against Harvard University by Students for Fair Admissions, a conservative-backed not-for-profit led by Edward Blum, who most recently challenged affirmative action at the Supreme Court level in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin in 2016.

The Obama administration memos encouraging schools to take race into account were among 24 policy documents revoked by the Justice Department for being "unnecessary, outdated, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper".

The Trump administration is advising schools to avoid using race in admissions decisions.

That guidance has now been rescinded, as have about a half-dozen similar documents, including some that sought to explain court rulings affirming the use of race as a factor in admissions decisions.

"The Trump administration isn't just willfully blind to the reality of systemic racism - it's coldly indifferent to its destructive consequences, and it's absolutely committed to dismantling any efforts to address our nation's original sin", Democratic National Committe Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement.

The university denies wrongdoing and says its methods - weighing race and ethnicity as one factor among many in a review of an applicant's background and credentials - conform to decades of settled law.




Eight states already prohibit the use of race in public college admissions: Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington.

MJ: How does this action compare to what other Republican administrations have done in the past?

Even with Kennedy on the court, affirmative action faced an uncertain future.

The impact on college practices remains to be seen.

"We need to learn more specifically what the implications of this reported change in policies means for higher education and in particular for our institution", Lorna Hernandez Jarvis, the chief diversity officer at Whitworth University, said in an email.

"When issuing regulations, federal agencies must abide by constitutional principles and follow the rules set forth by Congress and the President", Mr. Sessions said in a statement. "It isn't shocking that guidance would be withdrawn", he said.

The court's most recent significant ruling on the subject endorsed colleges' use of race among many factors in the admission process. These guidances were not talking about court-ordered desegregation or something like that. "We still have all of the Supreme Court rulings that would influence how we handle this".

Recommended:

  • Tech's 'dirty secret': App developers are sifting through your Gmail

    Tech's 'dirty secret': App developers are sifting through your Gmail

    There's no doubt that some of the actions described, such as having employees read users' emails to train machine learning algorithms, are cause for alarm.
    Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert sends message of thanks to LeBron James

    Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert sends message of thanks to LeBron James

    The Lakers opened at 20-1 odds on June 2 and the Westgate took a $4,500 wager on them at 12-1 on Friday before moving them to 8-1. The Lakers have a young, talented but inexperienced roster and they were hoping to land both James and possibly George.
    The Rocket Has Launched in Fortnite! - Footage and Images

    The Rocket Has Launched in Fortnite! - Footage and Images

    Other believe that Epic Games are sticking to just one map, and will instead make further changes to what already exists. "We're sorry we haven't been able to get you in the LTM, and we know waiting is the worst".
  • Dwight Howard interested in returning to Lakers

    Dwight Howard interested in returning to Lakers

    They have been locked in conversations with the San Antonio Spurs over a trade for Leonard. James also played a supporting role on-screen in 2015 Amy Schumer comedy "Trainwreck".
    Amazon woos gamers with 21-title Prime Day package

    Amazon woos gamers with 21-title Prime Day package

    Subscribers also receive free shipping on many items and access to digital content such as music, video, gaming and photo storage. There are also some classics in there, like Metal Slug 3 , and Broken Age , offering you a good sweep of both genres and eras.
    Canada announces billions in retaliatory tariffs, says it will not back down

    Canada announces billions in retaliatory tariffs, says it will not back down

    A WTO official said Friday that the organisation has not heard from the USA about reconsidering its membership. The two countries, with Mexico, are also locked in negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • 'Dead' woman found alive in South African morgue fridge

    'Dead' woman found alive in South African morgue fridge

    Mr Bradnick told TimesLive : "Equipment used to determine life showed no form of life on the woman". "We made certain. However a morgue worker checked on the body in the mortuary fridge sometime later only to discover she was breathing.

    Samsung users say their phones sent photos to random contacts

    Multiple people stated there was no evidence on their phone of the error, they only learned of it when the recipient told them. Head to the app settings in your Galaxy phone and make sure Samsung Messages can no longer access your storage .
    Defending champion Germany knocked out of 2018 World Cup

    Defending champion Germany knocked out of 2018 World Cup

    Injury-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Spurs striker Son Heung-min were enough to send the Germans packing. This was South Korea's first win at the 2018 World Cup after losing 1-0 to Sweden and falling 2-1 to Mexico .
  • Why Lonzo Ball Should Beware Rajon Rondo’s Lakers Arrival

    LeBron James' decision to join the Lakers marked an excellent start to Magic Johnson's plan to turn Los Angeles into a contender. Rondo gives the Lakers experience at point guard, where the Lakers relied on Ball, and even Ingram when Ball was injured.
    Uruguay to meet France in quarter-finals

    Uruguay to meet France in quarter-finals

    Portugal coach Fernando Santos summed up the South Americans on the eve of the match when he was asked to name their strong point. The fewest attempted passes- 25 (the more passes you attempt, the likelier it is that you can provide a game-changing moment).
    Belgium stuns Japan in added time

    Belgium stuns Japan in added time

    Belgium looked visibly rattled despite Eden Hazard hitting the post nearly immediately in an attempt to draw the Red Devils level. But, says Roberto Martinez , that's been the advantage of coaching the Belgians, to whom he speaks "the language of football".


Popular

Maradona Calls English's World Cup Victory a 'Monumental Theft' Against Colombia
Which brings us full circle to England who, as previously mentioned, will face Sweden. The Three Lions have claimed a 4-3 shootout win to advance in Russian Federation .

Leishman, Tiger six behind in PGA event
Francesco Molinari cruised to an eight-shot win at the Quicken Loans National after firing an impressive 62 on Sunday . After hitting his tee shot through the green at the par-4 14th, Woods botched the chip and then missed a 7-footer.

Tesla storms past Model 3 production goal
Field came to Tesla in 2013 as a vice president of vehicle programs after a five-year stint in hardware engineering at Apple . Despite being lauded as Tesla's mass market electric auto costing $35,000, the cheapest models have yet to be produced.

Merkel's German Coalition on Verge of Collapse Because of Refugee Crisis
Horst Seehofer, leader of the CSU, a key party in Mrs Merkel's coalition, has grown increasingly angry at her position on immigration.

Trump backs off claim of convicing Saudi Arabia to boost oil production
The statement reported by Saudi media did not mention any intention by Saudi Arabia to raise production by 2 million bpd. FGE, an energy consultancy, said in its June newsletter that the U.S. is determined to "push Iran's exports to zero".

Kirsten Gillibrand becomes first senator to call for abolishing ICE
The back of her jacket said, "I really don't care, do U?" and it became a rallying cry for protesters Saturday. TAMEEM FRUCTER: ICE is enacting this unacceptable violence on families, on children, on human beings.

5 potential free agency targets in 2018
The Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs reportedly re-engaged in trade discussions surrounding Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday. However, their approach was rebuffed as the Spurs seem to have no interest in dealing with a Western Conference rival.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo tight-lipped on future after Uruguay loss
He was then largely bypassed in a 3-0 thrashing by Croatia that put Argentina on the brink of an embarrassing group-stage exit.

Trump Will Make Supreme Court Pick, Anthony Kennedy Successor On July 9
Kennedy joined both the conservative and liberal blocs of justices to provide a decisive vote in several landmark cases. The road to confirmation for Trump's pick is likely to be a contentious one, as Democrats are expected to push back .

Uruguay tips Ronaldo and Portugal out of Cup
Today, Gimenez is set to rejoin Godin in central defence after missing the 3-0 victory over Russian Federation due to injury. This is a side with excellent, Italian-based midfielders in Rodrigo Bentancur, Lucas Torreira and Matias Vecino.