Get ready for the next round in the who’s-persecuting-whom culture wars, following Chick-Fil-A and Burns-vs.-Ayanbadejo. I’ve got a write-up at Maryland for All Families reacting to initial reports by Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed and Annie Linskey at the Baltimore Sun; David Bernstein also comments. Regarding the unique status of Gallaudet, the national university for the deaf, a commenter at NRO offers the following:
Gallaudet cannot sell or transfer any of its real property without Congressional approval.
All Gallaudet diplomas are signed by the President of the United States.
Three members of Congress are statutorily required to sit on the school’s Board of Trustees.
Gallaudet is required to submit an annual report on its operations to the Department of Education and has purchasing authority through the General Services Administration.
Gallaudet receives a direct, annual Congressional appropriation, rather than mere federal student loan funds, and that direct appropriation accounts for the overwhelming majority of the school’s income.