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November 17, 2017

DeVos' Team Hears Criticisms of Obama-Era Guidance on Student Discipline

Civil rights groups and their advocates in Congress worry the meeting could serve as a prelude to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ultimately revoking the guidance.

October 27, 2017

DeVos Scraps More 'Out-of-Date' Federal Directives to Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has made a point of rolling back directives from previous administration in the name of making schools' work less costly and more efficient.

August 08, 2017

Democrats Blast Betsy DeVos for Her Department's 'Hostility' to Civil Rights

DeVos' approach to civil rights has become one of the most controversial parts of her work during her first six months on the job.

July 16, 2017

Betsy DeVos Tells a Top Critic: Obama Civil Rights Approach 'Harmed Students'

The U.S. secretary of education's handling of various civil rights issues has raised big concerns for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., top Democrat on the Senate education committee.

June 27, 2017

Dozens of Democratic Senators Express Concerns About DeVos and Civil Rights

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and 33 other Democratic senators have major concerns with the direction of the civil rights enforcement under U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

June 16, 2017

Advocates: New Federal Stance on Transgender Rights Muddies the Waters

The department has instructed regional directors to focus on incidents where transgender students might have been harassed and bullied, but did not address questions about facilities access.

April 24, 2017

Advocacy Groups Urge DeVos to Rethink Approach to Civil Rights

A coalition of advocacy organizations are concerned about U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' early moves with respect to civil rights, including her pick as acting head of the office for civil rights.

December 30, 2016

Education Official to Lead the Civil Rights Commission

Catherine E. Lhamon, the Education Department's current assistant secretary for civil rights, was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in December and was selected by its members to be chairwoman.

December 12, 2016

Civil Rights Groups Blast Betsy DeVos' 'Lack of Respect' for Student Diversity

How Trump and DeVos (if she is confirmed by the Senate) will handle civil rights issues at the Education Department has been one of the major questions surrounding her.

December 08, 2016

Annual Civil Rights Complaints to Ed. Dept. More Than Doubled Since 2008

The Education Department's office for civil rights, which got 16,720 complaints in fiscal 2016, has taken heat from Republicans in Congress and others about its guidance and enforcement approach.

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