|(7) "Good-bye to (Educational) Merit" - 08/06/99 by Marc Berley to the Washington Times|
Educational Merit (08/06/99 - no link)
"New guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) prod colleges and universities to admit more minority students: They state that the use of any educational test which has a significant disparate impact on members of any particular race, national origin or sex is discriminatory.
"The guidelines would mean no SAT and ACT exams because minority students score, on average, lower on such tests -- and students with higher scores are admitted instead.
"The OCR appears to have learned a lesson from a recent lawsuit against the University of California at Berkeley. We can, too. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco in February, charges the university has, by placing emphasis on standardized tests, disadvantaged minority students who were rejected. The OCR has taken its cue and run wild with it, seeking to dissolve academic standards and facilitate racial quotas not merely at Berkeley, but across the land.
"The Berkeley plaintiffs, backed by the NAACP, ACLU and other groups, argue that
Berkeley's post-Proposition 209 admissions policy violates the Title VI regulations of the
1964 Civil Rights Act. Title VI prohibits disproportionate impact on people of a
particular race unless educational necessity for such a policy can be proven. The
plaintiffs claim there is no "educational necessity" for what they charge is
clear discrimination in the form of weighing standardized tests that measure ability to
perform at college." (Washington Times 08/06/99 by Marc Berley)
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