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Harvard asserts notifying insurer about high-profile Asian discrimination lawsuit unnecessary

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  • During a federal-court filing on Monday, lawyers representing Harvard University asserted that the institution did not have to notify Zurich American Insurance Co about the high-profile affirmative action lawsuit the school faced since the insurer “surely knew about” it.
  • The insurance dispute comes from a 2014 lawsuit filed by the Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) against the university alleging that its undergraduate admissions practices discriminated against Asian Americans.
  • Harvard filed a lawsuit against its secondary insurer Zurich, demanding that it cover $15 million as part of the expenses it spent defending its admissions practices.
  • Zurich filed a pretrial motion for judgment last month, claiming the excess policy covered only claims that were both “made and reported” between November 2014 and January 2016.
  • While the school admitted to notifying Zurich only in May 2017, it asserted that the insurance company must have already known of SFFA’s lawsuit even before January 2016, thus satisfying the notice requirement.

Lawyers representing Harvard University asserted that the institution did not have to notify Zurich American Insurance Co about the high-profile affirmative action lawsuit the school faced since the insurer “surely knew about” it.

In November 2014, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) filed a lawsuit against the university alleging that its undergraduate admissions practices discriminated against Asian Americans. The case, which was widely covered by mainstream media, resulted in the insurance dispute.

Asian and white parents sue Boston Public Schools to overturn exam school’s admission policy

  • An assembly of Asian and white parents filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Boston Public Schools in hopes of having at least five of their children admitted to the elite exam schools.
  • Their children failed to secure seats due to a lack of admittance allotted to their ZIP codes under the temporary policy.
  • The temporary admission policy, in an effort to increase diversity, allowed more Black and Latino students seats while less Asian and white applicants were granted admission.
  • Boston switched to a new admissions policy this year that divides admission geographically by grouping together areas with similar socio-economic profiles.
  • The Boston school officials, who have not commented on the plaintiff’s request, have until July 19 to file their response in the appeals court.

An assembly of Asian and white parents requested the federal appeals court overturn the exam school admission policy of Boston Public Schools (BPS).  

The Boston parents filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against BPS in hopes of having at least five of their children admitted to the elite exam schools after they failed to secure seats due to a temporary admission policy in place last year.

Top SF high school sees record spike in failing grades after dropping merit-based admission system

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  • San Francisco’s Lowell High School is seeing a record spike in D’s and F’s among its first batch of students admitted through a new lottery system.
  • The new system replaced the school’s established merit-based admissions practice, which had catapulted it to become one of the best high schools in the country.
  • Of the 620 first-year students admitted in fall 2021 via lottery, nearly one in four (24.4%) received at least one letter grade of D or F, tripling from 7.9% in fall 2020.
  • Proponents of the new lottery system argue that the merit-based system was racist as it resulted in an underrepresentation of Black and Hispanic students; opponents say it would harm Asian students – who compose the majority of the student body – and undermine the benefits of a competitive academic environment.
  • Principal Joe Ryan Dominguez attributed the spike to “too many variables” and said it is important “not to insinuate a cause on such a sensitive topic.”

San Francisco’s Lowell High School, regarded as one of the best in the nation, is seeing a record spike in Ds and Fs among its first batch of students admitted in fall 2021 through a new lottery system instead of its decades-long merit-based admissions.

Of the 620 first-year students admitted through the lottery, nearly one in four (24.4%) received at least one letter grade of D or F in the said semester, according to internal records obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle. This marks a triple increase from 7.9% in fall 2020 and 7.7% in fall 2019.

Sen. Ted Cruz, over 80 GOP legislators call on SCOTUS to end discrimination toward Asian American college applicants

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  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) published a press release on Monday, detailing a brief that he and 84 legislators filed to the Supreme Court, calling an end to discrimination against Asian American college applicants.
  • Cruz spearheaded the brief with Korean American Congresswoman Michelle Steel (R, CA-48), who has consistently denounced higher education institutions’ admission policies that factor in an applicant’s race to promote campus diversity.
  • Legislators argued that “no American should be denied educational opportunities because of race,” citing the rejection of Asian American applicants due to their race by Harvard and the University of North Carolina as unconstitutional.
  • The brief also included a petition to overrule “Grutter v. Bollinger,” based on the landmark case of 2003 in which White law school applicant Barbara Grutter was denied admissions from Michigan Law.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) published a press release on Monday detailing a brief that he and 84 legislators filed to the Supreme Court that calls for an end to discrimination against Asian American college applicants.

Cruz spearheaded the brief with Korean American Congresswoman Michelle Steel (R, CA-48), who has consistently denounced elite higher education institutions’ admission policies that factor in an applicant’s race to promote campus diversity.

Harvard president defends university after Supreme Court accepts admissions case: ‘race matters’

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  • Harvard University President Larry S. Bacow called the Supreme Court’s decision to review a case challenging the school’s use of race in the college admissions process a risk to “forty years of legal precedent.”
  • "As the Supreme Court has recognized many times, race matters in the United States,” Bacow said in a university-wide statement on Tuesday.
  • He added that “each of us” is more than “our grades” or “scores.”

Harvard University President Larry S. Bacow spoke out against the Supreme Court’s decision to review a case challenging the school’s use of race in the college admissions process, calling the move a risk to “forty years of legal precedent.”

“As the Supreme Court has recognized many times, race matters in the United States,” Bacow, former chancellor at MIT and president at Tufts, said in a university-wide statement on Tuesday.

Supreme Court to hear cases alleging Harvard, UNC admissions discriminates against Asian students

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  • The Supreme Court agreed to hear cases on the consideration of race as a factor in college admissions at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina.
  • The Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) is pushing for the court to repeal its 2003 ruling in Grutter v. Bollinger, which upheld the University of Michigan’s law school admissions policy.
  • Harvard responded to SFFA’s petition by arguing that the university’s admission process did not discriminate against Asian American applicants.

The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it will hear two cases on whether the consideration of race in college admissions at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina (UNC) violates civil rights.

A ruling against the schools could affect affirmative action programs and racial diversity at public and private universities throughout the country.

School board member says ‘anti-Asian feel’ to new admission policy of country’s top high school

  • Fairfax County school board member Abrar Omeish is under fire after a text message to another board member about the district’s admissions policy was published by an outside organization.
  • Based on the texts, Omeish seems to be admitting that the district’s race-based admissions is “anti Asian.”
  • Emails exchanged between the school board members and a district official will also be used in a court case against the Fairfax County School Board.

Abrar Omeish, a Fairfax County school board member, wrote in a text message to another board member that the district’s admissions policy is discriminatory towards Asians.

“I mean there has been an anti asian feel underlying some of this, hate to say it lol,” Omeish texted school board member Stella Pekarsky, according to Parents Defending Education.

Incoming NYC school chancellor vows support for Asian American community

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Incoming New York City Schools Chancellor David Banks has responded to frustrations voiced by the Asian American community over a previous proposal to alter current admissions policies in specialized high schools, where Asian American students predominate.

What he said: Banks, who will assume his new role next month, acknowledged the efforts and resources Asian American parents pour into their children’s education. He assured the community of his support in a recent interview with the New York Post.

Asian Americans in elite colleges would rise by 2 percentage points if admission is only based on tests, study says

Editor’s Note: The headline of this article has been updated from its original version to say that the number of Asian American students would increase, not decrease if tests alone were used in college admissions.

Nearly a quarter of Asian Americans accepted to elite colleges would no longer qualify if their acceptances were based on tests alone, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW).

California Poised to Vote for Affirmative Action This November

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Voters in California are expected to cast a ballot on affirmative action this November, potentially repealing a proposition that bans preferential treatment based on sex, race or ethnicity in state institutions.

Background: The California State Legislature first addressed affirmative action in 2014 after the Senate proposed a constitutional amendment to ban the consideration of sex, race and ethnicity in college admissions. However, the measure was set aside in the Assembly after Asian Americans argued that it could limit their children’s chances of admission in the state’s most selective public universities, where the group has a larger share of students than in the overall population, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

43% of White Harvard Students Got Accepted Because of Privileged Loopholes, Study Says

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As it turns out, the multicultural images plastered in pamphlets, ads, and social media accounts from Harvard University are all but a facade as majority of its population is still, as it has always been, wealthy, white, and straight. Most of them hailing from the country’s coasts.

Also, many of them got there not because of merit but of nepotism, according to a study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Harvard Does Not Discriminate Against Asian Americans, Judge Rules

Harvard University does not discriminate against Asian Americans in its admissions process, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

In her 130-page decision, U.S. District Court Judge Allison Burroughs rejected the argument of the plaintiff, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a group claiming that the Ivy League university held Asians to higher standards compared to Black and Hispanic applicants.