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Biden and Education Department accused of muzzling conservatives

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 9/28/2022 Paul Bedard
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The Biden administration is facing fresh criticism that it is letting Ivy League and other colleges that receive billions in taxpayer financial aid muzzle conservative students who don’t salute and follow “left leaning orthodoxy.”

In a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, top GOP lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee said the administration has killed Trump-era free speech protections and turned a blind eye to threats against conservatives by liberal university staffers and professors.

“We are concerned many of these colleges and universities are undermining free speech and academic freedom on their campuses. Despite this problem, the department does not seem to be engaged in promoting the free exchange of ideas within our colleges and universities,” wrote House Committee on Oversight and Reform ranking member James Comer (R-KY) and House Committee on Education and Labor ranking member Virginia Foxx (R-NC).

The two cited changes to Trump policies, including closing down a free speech hotline that conservatives were expected to tap.

They also highlighted top colleges as free speech bullies, including Yale Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Washington, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Southern California.

“Often school administrators suppress academic thought because it does not align with ever-changing norms of political correctness,” they wrote in their letter. “It appears that, if your speech is aligned with left leaning orthodoxy, it will be protected,” they added.

Noting that taxpayers are on the hook for about $150 billion in aid, not including the president’s recent $400 billion loan bailout scheme, the lawmakers said they want improvements in free speech at colleges and universities.

“For this reason, these institutions of higher learning should be havens of free speech. Instead, school administrators are undermining the very purpose of their institutions. The proliferation of cancel culture in American higher education threatens the ability of students and faculty to push themselves past their academic limits. The Department should be signaling to these institutions that academic freedom is paramount for the success of students, faculty, and society, and should help them see that limiting free speech is counter to the intellectual goals of academia,” they wrote.

 

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