House Democrats have launched an inquiry into whether the Department of Education singled out a federally funded program for Middle East studies by "creating novel requirements targeted at penalizing the Duke-UNC Consortium."
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Levin and Davis [Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and U.S. representative Susan A. Davis] also write that the requirement of "balance" is novel. "The Title VI statute only requires curricula to offer 'diverse perspectives and a wide range of views and generate debate,' and not, as the Department writes in its response letter to the Middle East Studies Association 'balanced perspectives,'" they write.
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