Betsy DeVos Postponed Obama-Era Rule To End Racism In Schools, Says ‘Racial Disparities’ Aren’t ‘Caused By Discrimination’
An Obama-era rule that was designed to protect minority students from racist policies was set to go into effect on July 1, but Education Secretary Betsy DeVos decided to postpone the rule for another two years.
The rule was initiated after some studies show minority students are placed in special education classes at a higher rate, and are disciplined at a higher rate than their non-minority peers.
But DeVos thinks otherwise. She claimed that “the racial disparities in the identification, placement, or discipline of children with disabilities are not necessarily the evidence of, or primarily caused by, discrimination,” according to Politico.
The rule would have also ensured that schools would be funding special education classes appropriately.
This hasn’t been the first time DeVos targets minorities.
Since becoming Education Secretary she has revoked an Obama-era guidance that helped school administrators protect the rights of transgender students.
She cited that students and parents had the option of choosing another school if they were being discriminated against.
DeVos later told the U.S. Senate that she would not work to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ students.