Wrong Message, Wrong Time

Anthony Catanese, president of Florida Atlantic University, called the decision "lunacy." Ernest Boyer, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, found it "startling." Even Kevin Pritchett, editor in chief of the right-wing Dartmouth Review, considered it "quite disturbing."

It was hard to find anyone last week in the education world who did not express dismay at a Washington bureaucrat's decision to bar federal aid to colleges and universities that offer scholarships restricted to minority students. The amount of money at risk is likely to be small, since need-based aid and minority scholarships established by private organizations like the...

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