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Education Department lists schools under investigation for ‘possible discrimination’ based on shared ancestry

The Hill: “The Department of Education released a list of higher education and K-12 institutions that are under investigation for alleged shared ancestry violations Thursday as part of the Biden administration’s effort to address reports of rising discrimination in schools. “Hate has no place in our schools, period. When students are targeted because they are–or are perceived to be—Jewish, Muslim, Arab, Sikh, or any other ethnicity or shared ancestry, schools must act to ensure safe and inclusive educational environments where everyone is free to learn,” Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a statement. The department said the investigation, which will update weekly on the Office for Civil Rights website, is to address the “alarming rise in reports of antisemitism, anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, and other forms of discrimination” in schools since the Oct. 7 surprise attacks by Palestinian militant group Hamas on Israel, and the weeks-long conflict that has ensued. The department said by releasing the list of schools, it is following up on President Biden’s promise to protect students and foster a safe and inclusive learning environment…”

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