Affirmative action: Trump 'to scrap' college racial bias policy

Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Share Close extra sharing options. At least one is a woman - Amy Coney Barrett. The move comes as a closely watched court battle over Harvard's admissions policies — which has emerged as the next front in the fight over race-based admissions — heats up. Schools should continue to offer equal opportunities for all students while abiding by the law.

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The Trump administration on Tuesday scrapped Obama-era guidance on race-based admissions policies — just as conservatives see a fresh opening to end affirmative action through a changing Supreme Court. The move comes as a closely watched court battle over Harvard's admissions policies — which has emerged as the next front in the fight over race-based admissions — heats up.

Civil rights groups see the Trump administration's decision as part of a larger effort to scrap affirmative action, which has been upheld repeatedly by the Supreme Court, though that could change with the appointment of a new justice soon to be picked by President Donald Trump. The Justice Department announced it was eliminating 24 federal guidance documents that it deemed "unnecessary, outdated, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper.

Seven of those were documents issued jointly with the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights under the Obama administration that called on school superintendents and colleges to consider race when trying to diversify their campuses. Universities, however, were already vowing to stick with their admissions policies, despite the Trump administration reversal. Harvard pledged to "continue to vigorously defend its right, and that of all colleges and universities, to consider race as one factor among many in college admissions, which has been upheld by the Supreme Court for more than 40 years.

The largest higher education lobbying group also pushed back. And make no mistake, this is the law of the land. At the same time some documents were removed, the administration restored on the Education Department's website George W. The affirmative action move is one of the first by the Education Department's new civil rights chief, Kenneth Marcus, who was confirmed by the Senate last month.

Marcus previously led a Jewish advocacy group that contended in a Supreme Court filing that "race conscious admission standards are unfair to individuals, and unhealthy for society at large. Education Department officials did not respond to requests for comment. The administration's plans on the guidance were first reported by The Wall Street Journal. The Supreme Court has ruled multiple times that colleges and universities can use race in admissions, as long as its use is "narrowly tailored.

Most recently, Kennedy authored a opinion in favor of the University of Texas at Austin over Abigail Fisher, a white woman who sued the school in after she was denied admission. Kennedy wrote that "considerable deference is owed to a university in defining those intangible characteristics, like student body diversity, that are central to its identity and educational mission.

His departure could open the door for a new swipe at affirmative action, and many see the Harvard case as the next best shot. The university is defending its admissions policies against a lawsuit accusing the school of discriminating against Asian-American applicants — a legal challenge supported by Ed Blum, a prominent anti-affirmative action activist who also pushed the challenge to UT Austin.

The Trump administration's Justice Department has waded into that Harvard court battle and has launched its own investigation into the school's admissions policies. Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute who opposes affirmative action, said he could see the Harvard case "getting to the Supreme Court in a year and a half or two years. The Education Department documents done away with Tuesday, however, extend beyond affirmative action.

They include guidelines issued by the Obama administration for public schools that detailed a number of ways that school districts can consider diversity without making decisions based on the race of individual students. Noelle Ellerson Ng, associate executive director of policy and advocacy for AASA, The School Superintendents Association, said the Obama guidance never made a splash with the school superintendents nationwide that her organization represents.

It simply outlined suggestions for local communities that determined diversity was a priority, she said. Skip to Main Content. Continue to article content. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter.

Affirmative action in the United States

Jul 3, The Trump administration is set to roll back the Obama-era policies promoting diversity in universities, known as affirmative action, US media. Jul 9, I heard several times last week a narrative that the Trump administration had abolished affirmative action in college admission. It would be easy. Jul 5, Trump Administration Rescinds Guidance on Affirmative Action The Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded guidance issued by the.

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