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R. Shep Melnick is Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr., Professor of American Politics at Boston College.

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The Title IX Spotlight Shifts from the Campus to the Schoolhouse

New federal rules aim at preventing sexual harassment and assault in elementary and secondary education
Catherine Lhamon

The Mismeasure of “Enforcement”

The U.S. Civil Rights Commission’s 2019 report on Civil Rights enforcement includes vast amounts of data. But its capacious understanding of “enforcement” allows it to disguise key policy choices.

Is the Constitution Colorblind?

Debating Antonin Scalia’s record on race and education

Equal Protection Bars Racial Favoritism

In his 30 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote surprisingly few opinions in education cases, and even when he did, he seldom mentioned education.

How Civil Rights Enforcement Got Swept Into the Culture Wars, and What a New Administration Can Do About It

The incoming leaders of the civil rights office should demonstrate their commitment to the rule of law by following APA’s notice-and-comment rulemaking procedures.

Civil Wrongs

Federal equity initiative promotes paperwork, not equality

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