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Author: Alison Somin

July 16, 2021

The time has come to end discrimination in public education

Right now, the Supreme Court has given the government the opportunity to weigh in on a case in which Asian-American applicants allege discrimination by Harvard's Admissions Committee. Another suit, alleging anti-Asian discrimination at Yale, has been filed in federal district court. Some selective high schools have also revamped their admissions pr ...

July 12, 2021

The Hill: Obama’s education guidance was terrible policy — and it’s about to come back

*Editor’s note: On July 23, 2021, PLF filed a regulatory comment letter with the Department of Education about nondiscriminatory administration of school discipline. You can read that letter here. *** Martin Luther King Jr. famously dreamed that his children would be judged not "by the color of their skin, but by the content of their ...

March 15, 2021

The Hill: Biden executive order will lead to due process deficits on campus

Is due process in sexual assault proceedings on college campuses under new threat? Unfortunately, a new executive order likely will have that effect. Sexual assault is reprehensible. There is no serious question about whether it should be tolerated on campus. The only real question is: What, specifically, is the federal government's role in prevent ...

October 05, 2020

The Hill: California’s Prop 16 would allow discrimination against women

Proposition 16 seeks to repeal the provision of the California Constitution that prohibits discrimination and preferential treatment on the basis of race and sex in public education, employment and contracting. That provision was put there by Prop 209 in 1996. Little has been said about how this repeal effort could have the unintended consequence o ...

September 09, 2020

Colleges and students are better off now that Obama era “Dear Colleague” letter is rescinded

Recently, the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) rescinded a Dear Colleague letter that addressed the role of Title IX coordinators on college campuses. This is excellent news for all the reasons I discussed in an op-ed in The Hill calling for the guidance letter's repeal. What do Title IX coordinators do? Their ...

July 31, 2020

The Hill: To cripple the abusive campus ‘sex bureaucracy,’ rein in the Title IX coordinators

If you want to entrench a government policy, make sure someone's job depends on enforcing it. Even if that person isn't a true believer in the program initially, she will be by the time her first paycheck arrives — and increasingly after that. That's certainly the case with the education system's Title IX coordinators, who ...

May 29, 2020

Daily Journal: Executive Order adds historic Regulatory Bill of Rights

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order with far-reaching implications for regulatory agency enforcement procedures and for the rule of law generally. Most press attention has focused on provisions of the order encouraging temporary regulatory suspensions to promote economic recovery. Although the economic relief provisions are ...