Higher Education

General Education, Higher Education September 28th, 2022

Taxpayer-funded cancel culture? Lawmakers ask Education Secretary to push for tolerant campuses

(The Center Square) – Republican lawmakers are questioning the Biden administration about cancel culture on college campuses and asking the question: why are federal taxpayer dollars funding it? House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., and House Committee on Education and Labor Ranking Member Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., sent a letter Wednesday to…
Current Events, Higher Education September 27th, 2022

Group sues U.S. Department of Education over Biden’s student loan cancellation plan

(The Center Square) – A nonprofit legal group filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Department of Education to block its move to cancel up to $20,000 in student loan debt for some borrowers. “Congress did not authorize the executive branch to unilaterally cancel student debt,” Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Caleb Kruckenberg said. “It’s flagrantly illegal for the executive…
Higher Education, Public Education September 13th, 2022

Lawmakers rally against Biden admin’s proposed Title IX regulations tying funding to liberal policies on sexuality and gender

Lawmakers are saying the Biden administration’s proposed Title IX regulations on sexuality and gender would push schools to fold on their beliefs for financial aid.  A letter to the U.S. Department of Education from several Republican lawmakers, led by Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.), warns colleges and other schools must comply with proposed Title IX regulations on…
Higher Education August 30th, 2022

Jewish university appeals to Supreme Court after it is ordered to approve LGBT club

(The Center Square) – The oldest Jewish university in the U.S. has now appealed to the Supreme Court as the next step in a lengthy battle over whether the religious school has to recognize an LGBT club. The legal battle began last year when a group of students and alumni of Yeshiva University took their university…
Current Events, Higher Education August 24th, 2022

In latest announcement, Biden is walking a political tightrope over student loan debt. Here’s why

If playing hard-to-get is the best strategy to woo someone, President Joe Biden is courting student loan debtors all wrong. He’s all but lying on the bed with his best come-hither look. The Democratic Party has long teased a broad student loan forgiveness program, with the hints becoming quite brazen every election year. On Wednesday President…

Fired WSU coach claims $25M in damages in religious exemption vaccine case

(The Center Square) – Nick Rolovich, former head football coach at Washington State University, has filed a tort claim demanding $25 million in damages as a result of his firing for refusing a COVID-19 vaccine last year. However, the status of the claim or any negotiations over it are unclear. The 43-year-old was fired in October…
Higher Education, School Choice August 8th, 2022

Virginia colleges, universities eager to establish K-12 lab schools

(The Center Square) – Higher education institutions from across Virginia have begun the initial planning stages to establish K-12 lab schools as they await guidance from the Virginia Department of Education. More than 30 schools have expressed interest in creating lab schools, which would be public schools run by colleges, universities or other higher education institutions.…

Seattle Pacific University sues state attorney general over probe into hiring practices

(The Center Square) – Seattle Pacific University, a private Christian University associated with the Free Methodist Church, has filed a lawsuit against Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson claiming that his inquiry into University hiring practices violates its free exercise of religion. “SPU believes the attorney general’s office has targeted the university because of its Christian beliefs…
Higher Education July 12th, 2022

Three bills impacting Illinois higher education now law

(The Center Square) – Three different bills looking to address issues within the state’s higher education system are now law. Gov J.B. Pritzker signed the bills into law last month. “Access to affordable, quality higher education shouldn’t be a privilege,” Pritzker said in a statement after announcing the bills were signed. “Today, we take a step…

Virginia colleges can get up to $25 million to start up lab school

(The Center Square) – Private and public colleges and universities in Virginia can receive up to $25 million to establish a plan and cover the initial startup costs of creating lab schools, under a state budget provision. The General Assembly approved Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s lab school program, which allows colleges and universities to run publicly funded…