NOTICE News Daily: March 6, 2023

On today’s NOTICE News Daily: A major Ivy League college just became the latest school to make standardized tests optional in the admissions process. Plus: A COVID-era benefit is coming to an end, putting at risk the food security of millions.

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Ivy League School Drops Test Requirements

Top Story: Columbia University Permanently Makes SAT, ACT Optional For Admission

Columbia University says it will no longer require prospective undergraduate students to take the SAT or ACT tests in order to be considered for admission. Like other Ivy League institutions, the New York school implemented the policy to suspend the testing requirements during the height of the pandemic. But unlike the others, Columbia is believed to be the first to adopt the policy permanently. >> Full story from NBC New York

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  • U.S. House Ethics Committee Opens Probe Of Republican Congressman Santos: The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Thursday it had opened an investigation into Republican congressman George Santos, who has admitted to lying about his resume but defied calls to step down. >> Full story
  • US Senators Reintroduce Bill To Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent: A bipartisan group of 12 U.S. senators on Thursday reintroduced legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent, nearly a year after the Senate voted unanimously to end clock switching. >> Full story
  • Billie Eilish Says She’s Taking a Break From the Internet: >> More details from CNN
U.S. Food Security At Risk

Pandemic Benefit Coming To End, Putting Food Security Of Millions At Risk

Low-income Americans will soon receive less in food assistance or completely lose their eligibility for the benefits, as the federal government ends policies adopted at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that kept millions from going hungry at a time of lockdowns and rising unemployment. Anti-hunger advocates warned that the looming drop in aid could undo progress toward a Biden administration goal to end U.S. hunger by 2030. The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives may also pursue further cuts to food assistance to shrink the U.S. deficit. >> Full story