Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Trump to revoke Obama-era guidelines on race in college admissions

Trump to revoke Obama-era guidelines on race in college admissions

The Obama-era documents replaced a 2008 letter on the subject from the Bush administration. That February, the Justice Department quietly withdrew two policy documents for educational institutions related to the enforcement of the gender discrimination statute, Title IX.

A formal announcement was expected later Tuesday from the Justice and Education departments, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the new guidance ahead of its release.

The Trump administration, which has long signaled its dissatisfaction with affirmative action, argued that these policies went beyond the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action, and misled schools into exceeding the legal precedent.

The shift would give schools and universities the federal government's blessing to take a race-neutral approach to the students they consider for admission. U.S. Justice Department representatives did not return a request for comment on the report.

The Trump administration did not offer a road map for schools moving forward.

Blum said Tuesday the organization "welcomes any governmental actions that will eliminate racial classifications and preferences in college admissions". They were meant to be a tool and resource.

Grateful Mexicans party with South Korean ambassador after Germany World Cup exit
Mexico take on the mighty Brazilians in Samara on Monday, hoping to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1986. Mesut Ozil was involved in a bust-up in the immediate aftermath of Germany's World Cup exit after being insulted by a supporter.

In 2011 and 2016, the Obama administration's Justice and Education departments jointly spelled out for colleges their view of the law on the voluntary use of race in admissions.

These documents purport to explain the legal framework that governs the use of race by elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools under the Constitution, Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title IV), 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000c et seq., and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d et seq.

MJ: Could you explain what the Trump administration's decision today accomplishes? The Trump administration chose to take down these guidances at this moment when there haven't been any changes in the law.

The head of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) hammered the Trump administration on Tuesday for revoking federal guidelines that encourage colleges to consider race in their admissions determinations, calling the move an unveiled attack on minorities. Most were from the Obama era. But she said it will have no impact on laws that govern school integration and admissions, nor will it affect the hundreds of schools under desegregation orders. Some want more first-generation college students. For them to take down this guidance right now, at a time when we see far too many incidents of racial violence and deepening tensions, is not the way that the federal government should support colleges and universities that are trying to do this kind of work.

Currently, Asian American students predominate at the city's elite schools, a situation de Blasio hopes to change by allowing some 45 percent of students in the elite schools be black or Latino.

Why are they doing this?

"President Trump has indicated he intends to appoint a nominee to the Supreme Court who will declare that affirmative action is unconstitutional in our schools".

Like this: