Secretary Betsy DeVos needs to be taken more seriously. She’s done a great job serving as a tool of the white supremacist patriarchy where only only rich white men have full rights.
DeVos’ work has been under the radar far too often. Rolling back protections for young people during such vital formative years will have an impact that will last a lifetime.
People like Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the ranking Democrat on the Senate education committee, are shining a light on the damage DeVos is poised to keep doing. With the leak of DeVos’ proposed changes to educational regulations around Title IX, Sen. Murray pointed out how survivors, birth control users, single parents, and LGBTQ students would be especially at risk.
In a letter to Secretary DeVos, Sen. Murray urges the Education Department to postpone implementing its changes to gender equity law Title IX. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) co-signed the letter.
In practice, the draft regulation envisions a system of unaccountable and secret institutions where civil rights protections can be disregarded — where an unmarried mother may be denied admission, where a young woman could be thrown out for using birth control, and where a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender student could be subjected to cruel punishment at the school. Without question, this scheme will lead to unnecessary discrimination against students based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, and marital status.
Secretary DeVos pushed back, but only with the usual vague assertions that what is being said is “completely false”—but providing no actual evidence or details to prove it.
This is completely false and you know it, @PattyMurray. It’s also unbecoming and irresponsible of a U.S. Senator to sow fear and falsehood. Our efforts will restore #DueProcess and support all students, including survivors. https://t.co/bo1G98Drrn
— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVosED) October 16, 2018
It’s funny DeVos talks about sowing “fear and falsehood” because that’s exactly what she’s been doing to defend her unpopular changes to Title IX guidelines. Sounds like classic projection to me.
This is a Creative Commons article. The original version of this article appeared here.