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The Latest: Education Department responds to ACLU letter

Sep. 27, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

The Latest on a request to the Education Department to revoke a threat to cut grant funding to a Middle East studies program (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The U.S. Education Department says its review of a Middle East studies program is not "anti-Muslim or pro-any other group." A letter sent Friday by the American...

US is urged to end probe of Middle East studies program

Sep. 27, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

The American Civil Liberties Union urged the Trump administration Friday to drop its investigation into a Middle East studies program the agency says has focused too much on the "positive aspects of Islam" and misused grant money to promote "ideological priorities." A letter from the group's Washington office...

UNC denies claims of bias in Middle East studies program

Sep. 23, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

The University of North Carolina is disputing the Trump administration's accusations of bias in a Middle East studies program that the school operates with Duke University. In a letter sent to the department Friday and obtained by The Associated Press through a records request on Monday, UNC's research chief...

Feds cite Islam focus in review of Duke-UNC language grant

Sep. 19, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

The Trump administration is threatening to cut funding for a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University, arguing that it's misusing a federal grant to advance "ideological priorities" and unfairly promote "the positive aspects of Islam" but not Christianity or Judaism....

Senators blast Trump judicial nominee for silence at hearing

Sep. 11, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties criticized a nominee for a federal appeals court for declining to answer questions Wednesday about his work in the Trump White House and Education Department. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, has been nominated by President Donald Trump for the...

Colleges watching as Michigan State pays big fine in scandal

Sep. 6, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The government this week levied an unprecedented $4.5 million fine against Michigan State University in the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal. The U.S. Education Department has extraordinary muscle over schools that participate in federal student aid programs. Colleges must...

Michigan State University fined $4.5 million in Nassar case

Sep. 5, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Thursday ordered Michigan State University to make sweeping changes and pay a $4.5 million fine after determining that it failed to adequately respond to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar, a campus sports doctor who molested elite gymnasts and other female...

The Latest: Michigan State official out after federal probe

Sep. 5, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the consequences of a federal investigation into how Michigan State University handled sexual assault and harassment complaints (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Michigan State University says its chief academic officer has resigned after the school was fined $4.5 million in a...

Today in History

Aug. 31, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2019. There are 122 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 31, 1986, 82 people were killed when an Aeromexico jetliner and a small private plane collided over Cerritos, California. The Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov...

DeVos issues new loan forgiveness rule for swindled students

Aug. 30, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos late Friday issued a new rule on loan forgiveness for students defrauded by their colleges, a rewrite of Obama-era regulations that advocates say will make it tougher for students to get relief. DeVos said schools must be held accountable but the Obama rule...