Trump’s papier-mache-education flunky cancels 1200+ civil rights probes

❝ Our data analysis shows that the Trump administration is less likely than its predecessor to find wrongdoing by school districts on issues ranging from racial and sexual harassment to meeting educational needs of disabled students…

❝ “This is indicative of how they are now evaluating and handling complaints,” said Kaitlin Banner, a senior attorney with the Advancement Project.

A ProPublica analysis of data on more than 40,000 civil rights cases, obtained through multiple public records requests, bears out Banner’s point. We found that, under Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, the department has scuttled more than 1,200 civil rights investigations that were begun under the Obama administration and lasted at least six months. These cases, which investigated complaints of civil rights violations ranging from discriminatory discipline to sexual violence in school districts and colleges around the country, were closed without any findings of wrongdoing or corrective action, often due to insufficient evidence…and other phony excuses.

This is what anyone who cares about maintaining and improving public education feared. Trump, DeVos, the whole wrecking crew on the racist, class war Right have looked forward to the opportunity handed over by populist chumps in the 2016 election. It doesn’t matter whether your excuse is “stupid” or ignorance or “golly, I never thought anything like this could happen in America” – it is happening and it was predictable. If you voted for Trump? You own it!

5 thoughts on “Trump’s papier-mache-education flunky cancels 1200+ civil rights probes

  1. School daze says:

    “Why Does Betsy DeVos’s Family Yacht Fly a Foreign Flag? Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Administration and the Cayman Islands” (Newsweek 8/7/18) https://www.newsweek.com/betsy-devos-cayman-islands-taxes-yacht-flag-foreign-donald-trump-america-1061960
    DeVos’s yacht is reportedly one of 10 in the family’s fleet and is worth $40 million. According to federal records, the 164-foot yacht is owned by RDV International Marine, which is an affiliate of the company that controls the DeVos family’s fortune.
    According to a federal Department of Education survey released on Tuesday, 94 percent of public school teachers in the United States reported paying for supplies without reimbursement in the school year that straddled 2014 and 2015. (New York Times May 16, 2018) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/us/teachers-school-supplies.html

  2. Presto Change-o says:

    “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spent three days defending her plan to eliminate Special Olympics funding from next year’s budget. That didn’t stop her boss, President Donald Trump, from publicly undermining her on Thursday, when he told reporters that he had “overridden” the proposed cut — though this is the third year in a row that DeVos had included it in her annual funding request to Congress.” https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/28/politics/trump-special-olympics-override-devos/index.html

  3. 4Profit says:

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced a controversial federal judicial nominee, despite a report showing he was the mastermind behind the Department of Education denying student loan debt relief to thousands of borrowers defrauded by for-profit colleges. https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2019-10-25/betsy-devos-held-in-civil-contempt-for-collecting-on-student-loans
    Stephen Menashi, a White House lawyer who was previously acting general counsel under Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, drafted a memo that led the department to use borrowers’ earnings data from the Social Security Administration to deny or limit the amount of debt relief given to students defrauded by now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/us/politics/steven-menashi-confirmation.html
    But a federal judge – the same one who recently held the secretary in contempt for incorrectly collecting on student loan debts from thousands of the same borrowers – found that strategy violated federal privacy laws and ordered the department to stop. https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2019-10-25/betsy-devos-held-in-civil-contempt-for-collecting-on-student-loans
    House Democrats threatened to subpoena DeVos over the issue last week. https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2019-11-01/house-democrats-threaten-to-subpoena-betsy-devos-again

  4. Stick up says:

    “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is continuing to garnish the wages of federal student loan borrowers who fall behind on payments even though Congress suspended the practice in the economic rescue package, according to a new lawsuit.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/01/devos-sued-for-seizing-student-loan-borrowers-wages-during-pandemic-228519
    “An upstate New York woman who works as a home health aide for less than $13 an hour claimed in the lawsuit, filed late Thursday, that the federal government seized more than $70 from her paycheck as recently as last week — nearly a full month after President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act into law. She is suing on behalf of about 285,000 borrowers whose wages are being garnished, according to the lawsuit.” https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.217544/gov.uscourts.dcd.217544.1.0_1.pdf
    (April 21) “The Education Department is dragging its feet on stopping wage garnishment for student loan borrowers” https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/04/21/wage-garnish-student-loans-education-department/
    “If God didn’t want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep.”
    The Calvera Principle, first expressed by Eli Wallach in “The Magnificent Seven” (1960)

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