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Trump administration will encourage schools to end affirmative action policies

Trump administration will encourage schools to end affirmative action policies

The Trump administration plans to rescind some of the guidelines set by the Obama administration regarding the use of race in college admissions, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The new guidance, which discourages race-based admissions, will essentially reconstitute the approach the federal government took under George W. Bush.

The Supreme Court has weighed the issue of affirmative action several times, most recently reaffirming it in 2016 but leaving an opening for future legal challenges.

Conservatives have said such programs can hurt white people and Asian-Americans.

"Once again, the Trump administration works to create confusion where none exists, needlessly muddying civil rights practices in schools", Catherine Lhamon, assistant education secretary for civil rights under Obama, said in an email. "This most recent decision by the Department of Education is wholly consistent with the administration's unwavering hostility towards diversity in our schools", Clarke said.

The announcement abolishes Obama-era rules regarding race in the admissions process. "But it could also change how past Supreme Court decisions are interpreted and say that schools can't rely just on race and need to present other ways of achieving their diversity goals".

One ongoing case has found Harvard University fighting charges that it has held Asian Americans to a higher standard than other students in its admissions process. The new policy would not have the force of law, but it amounts to the official view of the federal government.

But civil rights advocates say the administration's move only furthers intolerance and discrimination by supporting systematic racial biases. He noted that administrative guidance does not carry the legal weight of court rulings or statutes enacted by Congress.

In 2011, the Obama administration encouraged America's selective educational institutions to cultivate diversity in their classrooms, by "taking account of the race of individual students in a narrowly tailored manner".

In a statement to CNN, Harvard spokeswoman Melodie Jackson said that it will "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". "I hope when it gets to the Supreme Court, we'll have a five-justice majority to put an end to this practice altogether", he asserts.

The Trump administration's Justice Department had already signaled concern about the use of race in admissions decisions. Harvard, meanwhile, said it would continue considering race as an admissions factor to bring together a "diverse campus community where students from all walks of life have the opportunity to learn with and from each other".

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.

A justice department spokesperson told The New York Times that the follows a study ordered by attorney general Jeff Sessions of past policies that he believed went against the constitution and law.


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