Betsy DeVos 'Originally Opposed' Change to School Bathroom Policy on Transgenders

Betsy DeVos 'Originally Opposed' Change to School Bathroom Policy on Transgenders

Betsy DeVos 'Originally Opposed' Change to School Bathroom Policy on Transgenders

The letter dropping the guidance must be signed by the Department of Education and the Department of Justice which is headed by the anti-LGBTI Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The White House denied those reports.

The Trump administration announced Wednesday evening their directive that orders USA public schools to disregard the Obama administration's guidelines, which said that preventing transgender students from using bathrooms that aligned with their gender identities violated the Title IX anti-discrimination law.

The newly minted secretary of Education reportedly balked at President Trump's efforts to reverse an Obama-administration directive that folded gender identity under Title IX protections. "There must be due regard for the primary role of the states and local school districts in establishing educational policy".

I also agree with Betsy DeVos that we must do more to make college education more affordable.

I have heard from thousands of Ohioans on every side on this issue and I respect their views. It's a cruel irony that so many on the left rushed to paint DeVos as an ardent opponent of LGBT+ causes during her confirmation hearings, based on the donations of other members of her family.

A second source confirmed there was disagreement and DeVos pushed back, saying she was concerned about the pace and some insensitivity toward the children.

On the transgender student issue, DeVos also pointed to a separate statement she released last night that emphasized that students should attend schools free of harassment and bullying, and the Office for Civil Rights under her watch would continue to investigate allegations of mistreatment. She added, "The nation is so blessed to have you as secretary of education".

DeVos's previous record, however, suggest that she may necessarily oppose the inclusive sentiment suggested in Obama's directive.

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Sen. Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, for instance, called the move "deeply disappointing and a huge step in the wrong direction".

Today a more defiant DeVos showed up at the annual conference of conservatives, where Vice President Mike Pence will grace the stage tonight and President Trump will speak tomorrow.

"They say that if you voted for Donald Trump, you're a threat to the university community, DeVos said". If DeVos has big plans to fix schools and colleges, she certainly isn't showing her hand.

"We have a unique window of opportunity to make school choice a reality", DeVos said.

As you've probably read by now, Trump and Jefferson Beauregard Sessions have teamed up to roll back the rights of transgender students.

A lot of money may hang in the balance: Trump promised a $20 billion school choice program while campaigning in November. Ms. DeVos, I applaud your fearless stand on this issue, and I hope others who strongly oppose you will see that perhaps they might give you a second chance as well. But after Wednesday's news, DeVos has clearly fallen in line: her speech was filled with Trump-esque rhetoric, such as criticisms of the Washington "education establishment".

There is no doubt where we stand on issues critical to supporting students and public education, but Americans have a right to know where she stands.

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