Harvard responds on appeal of affirmative action case

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– Harvard University responded to a call from a federal decision that found the school did not intentionally discriminate against prospective Asian American students nor has it failed to comply with Supreme Court jurisprudence governing the consideration of race in admissions.

– House Democrats dramatically rolled back their proposal to give student loan borrowers up to $ 10,000 in rebate in the $ 3 trillion stimulus bill they unveiled this week.

– The American Civil Liberties Union is suing to block Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ new rule on sexual harassment and assault in schools. The new Title IX policy was finalized last week.

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HARVARD ANSWERS AN APPEAL FROM AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROCEEDINGS: The University, in his 93-page brief filed Thursday, argued that a lower court’s judgment in the case should be upheld because it “correctly concluded that Harvard has established a compelling interest in diversity, sees race as one factor among others, does does not pursue racial balance and currently cannot achieve its goal of bringing together an exceptional and diverse student body using non-racial alternatives.

– Students For Fair Admissions, led by longtime anti-affirmative activist Edward Blum, submitted its opening brief in February with the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal. The group argued that the lower court’s judgment should be overturned because Harvard “imposes racial sanction on Asian American applicants,” “engages in racial balance” and “failed to consider in good faith non-racial alternatives – let alone availed of viable solutions. alternatives. “

– Now that Harvard’s response has been filed, groups will be able to file papers in favor of the university. These groups can file them within seven days of Harvard’s Thursday submission deadline.

– The case is widely seen as the Supreme Court’s next opening to potentially bar affirmative action. The Trump administration also engaged in the legal battle, siding with the SFFA.

DEBT RELIEF PLAN FOR HOUSE DEMOCRATORS: Citing concerns about the cost of the program in their latest relief legislation, HR 6800 (116), House Democrats revised their proposal to limit the $ 10,000 student loan cancellation only to “economically distressed” borrowers on March 12 – the day before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over of the coronavirus. The new restriction would more than halve the number of Americans eligible for student loan relief under the legislation.

– Student borrowers would be considered “economically hard pressed” if their monthly payment under an income-based repayment plan was zero, to March 12. In general, only very low income borrowers are eligible for monthly payments of zero dollars. They could also be eligible if, on March 12, they were past due or in default on their loans or in a forbearance or postponement due to financial hardship.

– The changes, which would apply to both federal and private student loans, were described in a manager’s endorsement posted as the House Rules Committee was due to consider the bill before a possible debate in the House today.

– Student loan forgiveness largely failed with Congressional Republicans, and the slashed plan is likely to anger progressive lawmakers, who were already pushing for more generous student debt relief. More from Michael Stratford.

THE ACLU CONTINUES TO STOP THE NEW TITLE IX RULE: The organization, in a lawsuit in federal court in Maryland, accused DeVos’ Title IX rule of violating the Administrative Procedure Act because the arrangements “were arbitrary and capricious and an abuse of discretion.”

– More specifically, the lawsuit seeks the definition of sexual harassment of the rule and the provisions which: allow institutions to use a “clear and convincing standard of proof”, hold institutions accountable under Title IX only for “willful indifference” and specify that a school or school official is not required to respond to the sexual harassment only if there is “real knowledge”.

DeVos said the rule has come after years of research and contribution, and will ensure a fair decision process for all students. “I know that many will unfortunately come up with scary quotes and half-truths to try to denigrate and undermine this rule, but I hope you will receive them with a critical ear and consider the plain text of the regulation,” he said. she declared when announcing her policy. .

In a statement responding to the complaint, Education Department spokeswoman Angela Morabito said, “Our rule codifies meaningful protections for survivors into law and requires schools to adjudicate Title IX cases using a transparent, fair and transparent process. reliable. “

– The ACLU, in partnership with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, is suing on behalf of Know Your IX, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Girls for Gender Equity, and Stop Sexual Assault in Schools – groups that work with students who experience harassment and sexual assault. DeVos, Deputy Secretary of the Civil Rights Bureau Ken Marcus and the Education Department are listed as defendants. More from your host.

WHITMER AGREES TO SETTLE TRIAL CONCERNING CHILDREN’S RIGHTS TO EDUCATION: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and a group of students from Detroit agreed to settle a federal lawsuit that led to a revolutionary court decision on the child’s right to education.

– The original 2016 class action lawsuit, which targeted former Governor Rick Snyder and the State Board of Education, argued that a lack of certified teachers, books, school supplies and evidence-based curriculum led to dismal English proficiency rates and schools that were “functionally incapable of provide access to literacy “in buildings” characterized by slum conditions “.

Federal judge closed the case in 2018, but last month the 6th Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that children have a fundamental and constitutional right to an education that provides “foundational” literacy skills.

–In the settlement, Whitmer agreed to propose state legislation that would provide at least $ 94 million for literacy programs in Detroit’s dilapidated public school system. The state also agreed to pay Detroit schools $ 2.7 million for unspecified “literacy supports” and to split a payment of $ 280,000 among seven students who first sued. in justice. More from Juan Perez Jr.

DESANTIS WANTS TO RETURN STUDENTS TO CAMPUS THIS FALL: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, in an interview with “Fox & Friends,” scoffed at the idea of ​​dropping out of college in person. He also insisted that it is possible for universities to safely resume classes.

– “I think we will have people on campus. I think that’s the way it should be, ”DeSantis said.

– The Republican governor’s comments come as the board of governors, which oversees the state’s 12 universities, has yet to make a formal decision about resuming in-person classes in the fall. Universities have indicated they will have a decision by June or July. More information from Andrew Atterbury of POLITICO Florida.

– The National College Attainment Network has published “The Growing Gap, 2020 Edition” the group’s annual look at the state of affordability of public colleges for Pell grant recipients. The report found that for the average recipient of a Pell grant, there was a decline in the percentage of affordable public higher education institutions.

Generation Hope, in a new report, meets the needs of students who are parents and discusses their experiences in higher education institutions. About 40 percent of student parents indicated that they felt isolated on their campus and 20 percent indicated that they did not feel welcome.

– The Student Borrower Protection Center and Credit Builders Alliance are today with a new analysis of how student loan debt affects the costs that borrowers pay for other financial products such as credit cards, mortgages and auto loans.

– A Century Foundation Analysis shows that a new provision on unemployment in the CARES law, HR 748 (116), which both expands benefits and expands unemployment eligibility, should offer much more relief to students who go on to college than previously thought.

– A new report by the Learning Policy Institute and the National Association of Secondary School Principals found that concerns about principal turnover are “widespread and national in scope”, with 42% of principals surveyed indicating that they are considering leaving their posts.

– Georgetown University announces budget cuts as it braces for $ 50 million shortfall: The Washington Post

– CDC issues reduced guidelines on reopening after White House blocked earlier version: POLITICS

– Universities face another challenge amid the coronavirus crisis: fewer graduate students: NBC News

– DeVos appoints a new director for the English Learners’ Office: Education week

– Opinion: The United States Cannot Afford To Turn Down Chinese Talent: Foreign police

– How a department director became the American correspondent for Covid-19: The Chronicle of Higher Education

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