By: Tilden Myers
The latest liberal media charged to be hurled at the Trump Administration comes from the New York Times, which alleges that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, “using discretion written into the coronavirus stabilization law, is using millions of dollars to pursue long-sought policy goals that Congress has blocked.”
What was once known as “the newspaper of record” claimed that DeVos “is using the $2 trillion coronavirus stabilization law to throw a lifeline to education sectors she has long championed, directing millions of federal dollars intended primarily for public schools and colleges to private and religious schools.”
March’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act set aside billions of dollars for a wide variety of education institutions.
Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, the minority leader and a constant shrill voice attempting to blame the Trump Administration for nearly everything, “accused Ms. DeVos of “exploiting congressional relief efforts.” He said she had been “using a portion of that funding not to help states or localities cope with the crisis, but to augment her push for voucher-like programs, a prior initiative that has nothing to do with Covid-19,” the Times reported.
But while the Left continues to hurl every accusation it can think of at the administration in general and DeVos in particular – in this case, favoring the rich – the fact is that during her time in public service she has fought hard for the rights of all students. Just this month she took historic action today to strengthen Title IX protections for survivors of sexual misconduct and to restore due process in campus proceedings to ensure all students can pursue an education free from sex discrimination.
For the first time ever, the Department’s Title IX regulations define sexual harassment, including sexual assault, as unlawful sex discrimination. The new Title IX regulation holds schools accountable for failure to respond equitably and promptly to sexual misconduct incidents and ensures a more reliable adjudication process that is fair to all students. The new regulation comes after years of wide-ranging research, careful deliberation, and critical input from survivors, advocates, falsely accused students, school administrators, Title IX coordinators, and the American people, including over 124,000 public comments.
“Too many students have lost access to their education because their school inadequately responded when a student filed a complaint of sexual harassment or sexual assault,” said DeVos. “This new regulation requires schools to act in meaningful ways to support survivors of sexual misconduct, without sacrificing important safeguards to ensure a fair and transparent process. We can and must continue to fight sexual misconduct in our nation’s schools, and this rule makes certain that fight continues.”