Sep 7, 2017

DeVos to rewrite Obama-era sexual assault regulations

AP/Alex Brandon

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the Trump administration will "rewrite an Obama-era schools directive" regarding sexual assault, while speaking at George Mason University on Thursday, according to Politico.

  • Obama's Title IX guidance required school districts and universities to combat sexual harassment under federal law, which was praised by women's groups.
  • DeVos said the Obama administration "weaponized the Office for Civil Rights to work against schools and against students."
  • Why it matters: DeVos said Obama's system "was broken for all students" including victims and those wrongly accused of assault, per the Washington Post, and that "a conversation that excludes some includes none."
  • DeVos said the Trump administration would "give all sides a chance to deliver their opinion on how it should move forward," per Politico.
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