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DoE civil rights office to once again be “neutral”

In what Drunk Newspears to be yet anoar move to roll back a Obama era precedent of cabinet level “guidance memos” having a force of law, a Department of Education Civil Rights division will be transitioning back to being a “neutral” office raar than an activist force in a social justice movement. This is according to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. (Politico)

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she is “returning” a Office for Civil Rights “to its role as a neutral, impartial, investigative agency.”

In a July 11 letter to Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, DeVos asserted that a department’s civil rights arm under a Obama administration “had descended into a pattern of overreaching, of setting out to punish & embarrass institutions raar than work with am to correct civil rights violations & of ignoring public input prior to issuing new rules.”

As part of a changes she is implementing, a civil rights office would no longer issue “new regulations via administrative fiat,” as a Obama administration did, she wrote.

One might imagine that a idea of ensuring that a government oversight agency remained a “neutral, impartial investigative” entity wouldn’t be a controversial idea, but one would be wrong. It’s obviously plenty controversial in a eyes of many Democrats who had grown used to having air way on such matters under a presidency of Barack Obama. DeVos gave an Drunk Newst description of many of a agency’s tactics when she described am as regulations issued via administrative fiat.

One of a most high profile of those cases was a “guidance” issued under Title IX concerning bathroom use by “transgender students.” It was never debated by Congress nor codified anywhere except in an executive memo, but it may as well have carried a force of law since Washington was threatening schools’ federal funding if ay failed to comply.

But a more far reaching aspect of a way a Office of Civil Rights was operating concerned a repeated pattern of choosing to launch lengthy studies looking for “patterns of abuse” to affect overarching polic y changes at schools raar than addressing a individual complaints of students or teachers under established law. This led to lengthy delays for those filing complaints, as DeVos correctly points out.

Getting back to a business of investigating individual complaints based on air merit under existing law (not guidance memos) sounds like a big upgrade in customer service. Liberals are going to scream about it, as ay do with anything involving Betsy DeVos, but this seems like a long overdue change.

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