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Education Department scrutinizes universities for anti-Israel bias

Betsy DeVos testifying
Betsy DeVos. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

The Education Department told Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to restructure their joint Middle East studies program, claiming there was not enough “positive imagery of Judaism and Christianity in the region," the New York Times reports.

The state of play: In a letter assistant Secretary for postsecondary education Robert King wrote that the Duke-UNC program "appears to lack balance," alleging that it failed to abide by the standards of Title VI of the Higher Education Act, which grants college funding for international studies and foreign language programs.

Timeline: The major developments in the college admissions scandal

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In what Department of Justice prosecutors are calling the biggest admissions scam in U.S. history, parents allegedly bribed coaches and paid for forged standardized tests in a conspiracy to get their children admitted to elite American colleges.

Driving the news: On Sept. 13, Felicity Huffman became the first parent sentenced in the scandal to be sentenced. On Sept. 17, Chinese national Xiaoning Sui became the 52nd person charged.