In his Dec. 28 op-ed column, “The issues in Bush’s way,” George F. Will said that he opposes Common Core educational standards because of the way the federal government is enforcing Title IX. Huh? When I went to school (which, I admit, was a number of years ago), my teacher would have called this a non sequitur and deducted a grade for faulty logic.
Brian McNamara, Alexandria
George F. Will was right to lament that “the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has stripped colleges and universities of a crucial component of self-government” by micromanaging college disciplinary systems, using Title IX as a “pretext.”
The standard of proof in student disciplinary cases generally used to be “clear and convincing evidence.” But in April 2011, the Office for Civil Rights, where I used to work, rejected that consensus. It wrongly ordered colleges to lower the standard of proof to a mere “preponderance” for sexual harassment or abuse allegations. In rejecting the higher standard, it overturned long-standing rules at Harvard Law School, Princeton University and many colleges. That higher standard was voluntarily adopted and was accepted by judges.
Hans Bader, Washington
The writer is senior attorney at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.