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Columbia University Settles With Student Cast As a Rapist In Fellow Student’s Mattress Art Project

It was a performance art piece that became famous: A woman who felt that Columbia University had mishandled her charge of rape against a fellow student turned that anger into her senior arts thesis, a yearlong project in which she carried a 50-pound mattress whenever she was on the Morningside Heights campus. (more…)

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Trump Education Dept. Official Apologizes After Saying Most Campus Sexual Assault Accusations Come After Breakups and Drunken Sex

On the eve of potentially pivotal meetings Thursday about campus sexual assault with advocates for both victims and the accused, the woman who organized the listening sessions is facing intense scrutiny for saying in an interview that most sexual assault accusations on college campuses come after drunken hookups and bad breakups. (more…)

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Supreme Court Backs Church in Major Religious Rights Case

Churches and other religious entities cannot be flatly denied public money even in states where constitutions explicitly ban such funding, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a major religious rights case that narrows the separation of church and state. (more…)

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Republican Sen. John Cornyn Disinvited From Speaking at Historically Black University in Texas

Officials at a historically black university in Texas on Friday canceled a planned speech by Republican Sen. John Cornyn in the face of "stark opposition" from students to the talk. (more…)

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Betsy DeVos’ Commencement Speech at HBCU Draws Protests

Fifty thousand signatures on protest petitions. Calls on the president of the university to resign. People on Twitter saying they're mailing back their degrees. (more…)

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Dozens of Organizations Applying for Federal Grants for Student Loans Turned Down Because of Formatting

Dozens of universities and organizations that applied for federal grants to help young people from poor families prepare for college were turned down by the U.S. Education Department because of mistakes that consisted mostly of incorrect margins, the wrong size type or lack of double-spacing. (more…)

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Republican Senator Asks President Trump To Prioritize Religious Freedom, Remove Obama’s Online ‘Shame List’ of Christian Colleges

A Republican senator has told President Donald Trump that the Department of Education should remove from its website a "shame list" of faith-based colleges that have asked for an exemption to Title IX discrimination law, which was first published last year by the Barack Obama administration. (more…)

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reads to second grade students at Carderock Springs Elementary School in Bethesda, Md., on March 23. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Trump’s Education Department Ends Obama-era Grant Program for Diversity in Schools

President Trump’s Education Department has decided to nix an Obama-era grant program meant to help local districts devise ways to boost socioeconomic diversity within their schools, a program that some advocates considered a barometer of the new administration’s commitment to integrated classrooms. (more…)

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NHCLC’s Andrea Ramirez Urges Secretary DeVos to Make the Education of Minority Children Her No. 1 Priority

Now that Betsy DeVos is settled in as America’s new Secretary of Education she holds the reins of the U.S. Department of Education and, with it, the future of America’s 55.6 million students. (more…)

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