Friday, May 11, 2018

Education Department Considering Expanding Faith-Based Insitutions' Eligibility For Grants

As part of its Spring 2018 regulatory agenda released on Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education signaled that it is considering rule amendments to expand the eligibility of faith-based institutions for federal grants.  In a release titled Eligibility of Faith-Based Entities and Activities, DOE said:
Various provisions of the Department’s regulations regarding the eligibility of faith-based entities to obtain grants from the Department or to participate in State-administered programs and the activities that they may perform unnecessarily restrict participation by religious entities in the Department’s grant programs by including requirements specific to such entities. The Department plans to review and to amend or rescind such regulations in order to be consistent with current law and to reduce or eliminate unnecessary burdens and restrictions on religious entities and activities.
According to the New York Times, the proposals are an attempt to align DOE rules regarding religious colleges and universities with the Supreme Court's 2017 Trinity Lutheran decision. [Thanks to Scott Mange for the lead.]