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Capitol Hill: Administration and College Presidents

capitol hill: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in this June 5 file photo, according to Toronto Star. The Trump administration will encourage U.S. school superintendents and college presidents to adopt race-blind admissions standards, abandoning an Obama administration policy that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying campuses. The reversal would restore the policy set during president George W. Bush's administration, when officials told schools that it strongly encourages the use of race-neutral methods for admitting students to college or assigning them to elementary and secondary schools. TOM BRENNER / The New York Times file photo Last November, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked the Justice Department to re-evaluate past policies that he believed pushed the department to act beyond what the law, the Constitution and the Supreme Court had required, Devin M. O'Malley, a Justice Department spokesperson said. The executive branch cannot circumvent Congress or the courts by creating guidance that goes beyond the law and in some instances stays on the books for decades, said Devin M. O'Malley, a spokesman for the Justice Department. As part of that process, the Justice Department rescinded seven policy guidances from the Education Department's civil rights division Tuesday. ( As reported in the news.