• October 12, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    Partial Stay Order Issued in Harvard Admissions Suit On Friday, Judge Allison Burroughs issued a partial stay order for Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard College, which alleges discriminatory admissions practice against Asian American applicants. The order will stay in effect until the First Circuit hears an appeal by proposed interveners […]

  • Harvard Admissions Policy Under Scrutiny—Again

    Education May 29, 2015 at 10:54 am 0 comments

    Harvard is in trouble again. On Friday, over 60 Asian American organizations and associations filed an administrative complaint with the Dept. of Justice and Dept. of Education, alleging discriminatory admissions practices against Asian Americans. The complaint comes just six months following a lawsuit alleging similar claims, and three years following […]

  • Separate But Unequal: Is Access to Charter Schools a Civil Right?

    Education, Poverty and Economic Justice April 17, 2015 at 10:01 am 0 comments

    The controversial and polarizing charter school debate could soon become a civil rights battle in Massachusetts, where three lawyers prepare to mount a legal challenge to the state’s charter school cap. Currently, Massachusetts law limits the number of charter schools to 72 and total enrollment to 30,034. It also restricts […]

  • Pitfalls of Online Education

    Education March 18, 2015 at 10:32 pm 0 comments

    In recent years, an increasing number of institutions have publicly offered university-level courses online for free. Elite institutions such as Harvard and Yale have recorded a number of their undergraduate courses and posted them online. Specialized providers of massive open online course (MOOC) have also emerged, ranging from for-profit organization […]

  • Does the LSAT Discriminate Against the Visually Impaired?

    Education, Uncategorized March 14, 2015 at 10:58 am 0 comments

    Last week, Richard Bernstein, the newest member of the Michigan Supreme Court, visited Harvard Law School to give a lunchtime speech entitled, “Justice Is Blind.” Bernstein, the only blind Justice ever elected to the Michigan Supreme Court, reflected on how that hardship shaped his character, giving him the empathy he believes […]

  • Affirmative Action and Exclusion: How Race-Based Admissions Impact Asian Americans

    Education, Race, Race and Immigration February 16, 2015 at 10:50 pm 0 comments

    On December 17th, 2014, the nonprofit organization Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) filed suit in the Massachusetts District Court against Harvard College, alleging racial discrimination in its admissions policy. However, the targets of the allegedly discriminatory practice are Asian Americans, a group that most people would not associate with a […]

  • February 16, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    FBI Director Addresses Race and Policing In a speech to Georgetown students, director of the FBI, James B. Comey, spoke about how racial perceptions affect policing in neighborhoods where African Americans commit crimes at a higher rate. Mr. Comey said some officers in these areas scrutinize African Americans more closely because […]

  • November 10: Weekly News Roundup

      Department of Education Okays Princeton’s Revised Sexual Assault Policy The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has entered into an agreement with Princeton University regarding its Title XI violations. After mishandling complaints of sexual assault and hostile work environment, Princeton implemented new policies and procedures around sexual […]

  • The School-to-Prison Pipeline

    The school-to-prison pipeline is an unfortunate reality for many students attending public schools in socio-economically disadvantaged areas. For those who are unfamiliar with the phrase, the school-to-prison pipeline describes the alarming trend of public schools pushing socio-economically disadvantaged students out of school and into the criminal justice system. While there […]

  • Oct. 20: Weekly News Roundup

    Supreme Court Allows Texas to Use Strict Voter ID Law in Coming Election On Saturday the Supreme Court issued an order allowing the use of Texas’s controversial voter identification law in its upcoming November election. The law requires voters to present certain photo identification before casting their ballots. UN Experts To Discuss Detroit Water […]

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