Betsy DeVos Tells Senators She Will “Return” Office for Civil Rights to a “Neutral” Role

A group of Democratic Senators wrote a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to express their concern that she was abandoning civil rights enforcement.

DeVos wrote back to say that she was “returning” the Office for Civil Rights to its role as a “neutral” investigative agency.

It is at a time like this that DeVos’s ignorance of education policy and history becomes embarrassing. OCR is the Office FOR Civil Rights. It was never a “neutral” agency. It led the way in the 1960s in forcing the integration of Southern schools. It didn’t just investigate. It threatened Southern districts that did not produce hard data about students and faculty integration. No integration, no federal funding.

One can’t be “neutral” about civil rights. The Office for Civil Rights is meant to enforce the law and protect the vulnerable–not to feign indifference.

from sarah


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