Friday, July 14, 2017

Education Dept to hear both sides

Slate mag complains:
When Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education, [feminist] advocates worried about the damage she might do. The Obama administration had pushed universities ...

Now that she’s in office, DeVos has to choose: Will she let the Obama guidance, which lowered the burden of proof required in sexual assault cases, stand? ...

To help her decide, DeVos is meeting with several organizations that do work on this issue.
The whole article is a complaint that the Dept. of Education is hearing from many groups on both sides of the issue. The article argues that just one side should be heard.

I thought that US federal policies have to be based on input from all interested parties. I guess Obama never did that.

Update: The NY Times reports on what DeVos promises to hear:
The letters have come in to her office by the hundreds, heartfelt missives from college students, mostly men, who had been accused of rape or sexual assault. Some had lost scholarships. Some had been expelled. A mother stumbled upon her son trying to take his own life, recalled Candice E. Jackson, the top civil rights official at the Department of Education.

“Listening to her talk about walking in and finding him in the middle of trying to kill himself because his life and his future were gone, and he was forever branded a rapist — that’s haunting,” said Ms. Jackson, describing a meeting with the mother of a young man who had been accused of sexual assault three months after his first sexual encounter.

The young man, who maintained he was innocent, had hoped to become a doctor.

In recent years, on campus after campus, from the University of Virginia to Columbia University, from Duke to Stanford, higher education has been roiled by high-profile cases of sexual assault accusations. Now Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is stepping into that maelstrom. ...

“Rather, the accusations — 90 percent of them — fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right,’” Ms. Jackson said.

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