New ‘Diversity’ Guidelines

In good D.C. fashion, the Obama administration has chosen a Friday afternoon for an important release: “The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice are jointly issuing guidance to help schools, colleges, and universities lawfully achieve compelling interests in diversity, and for K-12 schools, the additional compelling interest in avoiding racial isolation. The guidance is presented in two documents, one for elementary and secondary schools and the other for postsecondary institutions.” The cover letter and the two guidance documents can be found here.

The new guidance explicitly revokes Bush-administration guidance. I’ve read today’s documents quickly; I am not looking forward to reading them in more detail, but I will do so and report back next week.

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