Harvard University’s admissions office does not discriminate against Asian-American applicants, a federal court has ruled in a long-awaited decision. The judge rejected the claim that white, black and Hispanic applicants were given preference over Asian counterparts with similar grades. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs said the court would not dismantle a “very fine” admissions program. The trial has been seen as a referendum on affirmative action hiring practices.
The Justice Department is supporting a group of Asian-Americans suing Harvard University over affirmative action policies. The group of plaintiffs rejected from admission claim Harvard’s policies discriminate against Asian-American applicants. The Justice Department called Harvard’s admission practices ‘racial balancing.’ Harvard denies the claim. The case highlights the Trump administration’s skepticism of affirmative action in education.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a budget bill on Thursday to provide the state’s teachers with the 20% raise they demanded, ending the week-long teacher walkout. The raise will be implemented by 2020 and an additional $138 million will be invested in schools, partially meeting the educators’ demands. Teachers will return to classrooms on Friday.
Teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky walked out yesterday to demand higher wages and better classroom resources. Many of the protesting teachers wore red shirts which read ‘I Support Public Schools’ to support the nationwide #RedForEd movement. Teachers in Oklahoma plan to continue their strike today, prompting districts to cancel classes for a second day.
The University of Oxford occupied the top spot of Times Higher Education World University rankings this year with Cambridge University ranking second respectively. The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), which was at the top spot between 2012 to 2016 now shares the third place with Stanford.