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NJ Anti-Bullying Law Challenged As First Amendment Violation Over Head Lice Mention

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Posted by    Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:30am

New Jersey’s anti-bullying law, which covers both schools and colleges, is so overly broad that a fourth-grader was punished just for noting, in response to a question, that a classmate had suffered from head lice. A civil-liberties group called the Rutherford Institute is now helping that kid bring a First Amendment...

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Court Rejects EEOC Challenge to Background Checks That Protect College Students

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Posted by    Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 9:30am

Do you think colleges should be able to conduct background checks to weed out shady applicants for sensitive jobs, like people who have criminal convictions or financial problems that might tempt them to steal your student-loan money to pay off their debts? If so, rejoice in a recent appeals court decision...

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Education Department ‘Guidance’ Pressures Schools to Adopt Racial Quotas In Discipline

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:00am

Crime rates are not the same for different racial groups, and student misconduct rates aren’t, either. The Supreme Court ruled many years ago that such racial disparities don’t prove racism or unconstitutional discrimination. But in guidance issued last week by the Education and Justice Departments, the Obama Administration signaled that it...

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Disparate-impact regulations harm young people, increase cost of getting a job

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Posted by    Friday, September 20, 2013 at 9:30am

Earlier, I wrote about the Obama administration’s attempt to inject a race-conscious “disparate impact” provision into colorblind anti-discrimination laws like the Fair Housing Act, and how that could lead to risky, race-conscious lending, bad loans, and future bank failures and financial meltdowns. But the financial system isn’t the only thing harmed...

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President Obama was right to advocate shortening law school from three years to two

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 12:30pm

President Obama, a lawyer who once lectured at the University of Chicago, recently urged law schools to reduce the length of study from three years to two:

President Obama urged law schools on Friday to consider cutting a year of classroom instruction, wading into a hotly debated issue inside the beleaguered legal...

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Federal Student Loan Program Gives Left-Wing Lawyers a Free Ride at Taxpayer Expense

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Posted by    Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:00am

A recent Washington Post article describes “how Georgetown Law gets Uncle Sam to pay its students’ bills,” averaging $158,888 over three years, taking advantage of perverse incentives in a federal student-loan program. A federal income-based repayment plan forgives the student loan debt of law students who go to work for the...

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Occupational licensing rules prop up lousy colleges and impoverish young people

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Posted by    Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 5:00pm

In some states, occupational licensing rules give trade schools the power to force people to attend before they can get licensed. That enables them to charge high tuition for lousy training. Matt Yglesias discusses how “beauty schools are ripping off their students. Terrible licensing rules deserve some of the blame.” He...

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Obamacare Causes Economic Suffering on College Campuses

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Posted by    Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9:30am

The Washington Post reports on the ever-growing number of college staff losing wages or facing pay cuts due to the 2010 healthcare law:

For Kevin Pace, the president’s health-care law . . . produced a pay cut. Like many of his colleagues, the adjunct music professor at Northern Virginia Community College had...

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Obama Administration Officials Effectively Define Dating, Sex Education, and One-Time Flirtation as “Sexual Harassment”

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Posted by    Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 8:20am

The Justice Department and the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights have now effectively defined dating and sex education as “sexual harassment.”

The definition is found in a May 9 Title IX Letter of Findings and Resolution Agreement involving the University of Montana. In a radical departure from Title IX jurisprudence, the...

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Education Department: Mao was really into learning (ignore the mass murder thing)

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 5:30pm

The U.S. Department of Education featured a quote from mass-murdering dictator Mao Zedong on its website.

Mao, the longtime Communist dictator of China, killed up to 60 million people through executions, torture, and the government-created famines of the abortive “Great Leap Forward.”

As George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley

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Anti-Bullying Laws Threaten Free Speech in America’s Colleges and Schools

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Posted by    Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 12:30pm

We live in a culture where harsh but truthful criticism, or exposure of wrongdoing, is viewed by some as “bullying,” especially when it affects someone’s inflated “self-esteem.”

For example, “DePaul University has punished a student for publicizing the names of fellow students who admitted to vandalizing his organization’s pro-life display,” classifying his...

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Schools Unconstitutionally Restrict Speech in Reaction to School Shootings

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Posted by    Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 12:30pm

Schools such as Tarrant County College have banned “empty holster” protests in favor of gun rights, which school officials perceive as somehow threatening.

Never mind that such symbolic expression is protected by Supreme Court rulings like Tinker v. Des Moines School District (1969), as the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education notes....

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Teaching Self-Esteem Harms Academic Achievement

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Posted by    Friday, January 11, 2013 at 3:55pm

Self-control, not self-esteem, leads to academic success, researchers have found. Indeed, teaching self-esteem actually harms students’ achievement and work ethic.

“In one study, university students who’d earned C, D and F grades ‘received encouragement aimed at boosting their self-worth.’ They did worse than students with similar grades whose self-esteem had been left...

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Free Speech Not a Priority On Campus Or Among Lawmakers

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Posted by    Friday, December 21, 2012 at 3:00pm

In a recent column, George Will discussed how college students have been disciplined for racial or discriminatory “harassment” for constitutionally protected expression, such as reading a history book about ugly past racial events, or discussing unpleasant truths about racial or religious matters:

In 2007, Keith John Sampson, a middle-aged student working his...

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New Obama financial aid policy will further inflate Higher-Ed Bubble

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Posted by    Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 8:00am

We earlier chronicled how perverse federal financial aid policies encourage colleges to jack up tuition.

Recently, the Obama Administration came up with something even worse. It announced a new financial aid policy that will effectively bail out low-quality, high-tuition colleges and especially law...

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School Quotas and Speech Codes May Result From Senate Amendment to Defense Bill

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Posted by    Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9:13am

Suing schools and colleges has nothing to do with supporting our troops.

But that didn’t stop Senators from seeking to add an amendment, SA 3215, to the 2013 Defense Authorization bill on Thursday, containing provisions that would overturn two Supreme Court rulings in order to promote such lawsuits. The amendment, proposed by...

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Equality Is Unconstitutional, Left-Leaning Federal Appeals Court Rules

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 1:30pm

On November 15, a federal appeals court, dividing along ideological lines in an 8-to-7 ruling, struck down a provision of the Michigan state constitution prohibiting racial preferences in state college admissions, in Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action v. Regents of the University of Michigan.

Voters approved the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative in...

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Students Beware — An Obama Supreme Court Would Attack Campus Free Speech and Equal Protection

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:40am

The Obama Administration has avidly attacked certain constitutional rights.

In one Supreme Court case, it argued that the government had the power to ban a non-profit corporation from publishing a book critical of a political candidate (the Supreme Court rejected this argument in a 5-to-4 vote, over a dissent by the liberal...

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Obama admin pressures schools into racial disciplinary quotas

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Posted by    Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 8:00am

Under pressure from the Education Department, which investigated it over “racial disparities” and “disparate impact,” the Oakland, California, school system has agreed to impose “targeted reductions” in “suspensions for African American students, Latino students, and students receiving special education services; and African American students suspended for defiance.” See Agreement to Resolve...

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Students Learn Less and Less as College Costs Explode and Student Debt Skyrockets

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Posted by    Monday, October 8, 2012 at 8:00am

“Nearly half of the nation’s undergraduates show almost no gains in learning in their first two years of college, in large part because colleges don’t make academics a priority,” according to a 2011 study discussed in USA Today. “36% showed little” gain after four years. Although education spending has risen in ...

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