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05 July, 2018, 04:20 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • President Donald Trump looks toward Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as he speaks during a workforce  apprenticeship discussion at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster N.J. Friday Aug. 11 2017. Trump received an update on the the president's wor

And the department on Tuesday rescinded policy guidelines on the issue by the education department's civil right section.

The reversal doesn't change current USA law on affirmative action and doesn't affect how schools choose to operate within the confines of current Supreme Court precedent, but changes guidelines to more closely resemble a Bush-era document encouraging "race-neutral" methods of admitting students to elementary and secondary schools.

Kristen Clarke, the executive director of the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights called the decision a "politically motivated attack on affirmative action" and a "deliberate attempt to discourage colleges and universities from pursuing racial diversity at our nation's colleges and universities".

"As the Supreme Court has recognized", one of the documents states, "diversity has benefits for all students, and today's students must be prepared to succeed in a diverse society and an increasingly global workforce". "It would be wise to consider if their use of race is likely to be something that the courts of the future will be likely to uphold", Clegg said.

The federal government's policy now reverts to what it was during the George W. Bush administration, which said schools should not consider race in admissions unless it was essential to achieving their educational missions.

Despite the administration's skepticism of race-based policies, Kleinman said she has seen no less cooperation from the Justice Department in active desegregation cases.

The Supreme Court has been generally accepting of considering race in admissions decisions to achieve diversity.

Outside parties will be filing briefs in the Harvard case in the coming weeks.

A lawsuit brought against the Ivy League school in 2014 alleges Harvard discriminates against Asian-American students by limiting the number of Asian students admitted and holding them to higher academic standards.

Harvard denies any discrimination and has argued that its admissions rate for Asian-Americans has grown by 29 percent in the past decade.

The Education and Justice departments pulled seven Obama-era guidances that laid out how schools could voluntarily promote diversity through admissions and school assignment.

That lawsuit, first filed in late 2014 by conservative advocate Edward Blum, who is white, is expected to go to trial in October.

The policy shift comes at a pivotal moment in the long-running affirmative action debate. "The federal government should not threaten colleges and universities in their efforts to construct inclusive campuses".

Anurima Bargava, who led civil rights enforcement in schools for the Justice Department during Obama's presidency, disagreed with that assessment, saying the documents simply offered guidelines to schools looking to continue using affirmative action legally.

Harvard says its admissions policies comply with us laws and that it has worked to boost financial aid to ensure economic, as well as racial, diversity in its classes.

"This guidance restated the law and our national commitment to diversity".

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