On Monday, Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) called for Betsy DeVos to remove her acting civil rights chief, Candice Jackson, for “callous” comments about campus sexual assault.
Jackson said that “90 percent” of campus rape allegations:
“…Fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.’”
“I am especially disappointed that the University encourages these and other discriminatory programs. We need to allow each person to define his or her own achievements instead of assuming competence or incompetence based on race.”
Senator Murray said this about Jackson’s remarks:
“[The remarks] crossed a serious line and highlighted her clear biases in this area in a way that, to me and many women and men across the country, should disqualify her from service.”
“This is the last straw, it is not my only concern.”
The dispute between Murray and Jackson began in February when the Department of Education rescinded Obama-era guidelines on dealing with transgender students and bathrooms in schools.
In June, Murray, along with 33 other Democratic Senators, wrote a letter to DeVos expressing disappointment in the Department of Education’s actions. They also urged DeVos to increase funding for their Civil Rights Department.
The Education Department said it will scale back investigations of civil rights complaints. Jackson said that they would need to have “subject matter justification” when evaluating complaints about transgender students. Basically, they would investigate an allegation of gender harassment, but they wouldn’t investigate allegations of denying a transgender student access to the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Betsy DeVos needs a new civil rights chief.
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