29 senators sign letter urging Betsy DeVos to maintain Title IX guidelines

29 senators sign letter urging Betsy DeVos to maintain Title IX guidelines
Nonmiee for education secretary Betsy DeVos (Image: YouTube screen grab via Senator Elizabeth Warren)

[Ed. – Shorter HuffPo: 29 senators come out against due process.]

Twenty-nine U.S. senators sent an open letter to Betsy DeVos on Thursday to urge the education secretary to maintain current Title IX guidelines on gender equality in education.

The letter is in response to DeVos’ Sept. 7 announcement that she plans to rescind Title IX guidelines that include the Obama-era Dear Colleague Letter. The 2011 letter is a comprehensive set of guidelines that helps universities, victims and students accused of sexual assault navigate the reporting process.

Senators who signed the letter include Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). The signers are 13 women and 16 men, all Democrats except for Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

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“The current guidance is critical to ensuring that schools understand and take seriously their responsibilities under the law, and we urge you to leave the current guidance in place,” the letter reads. “Rescinding the guidance would be a step in the wrong direction in addressing the national epidemic of campus sexual assault.”

(h/t Charles C. W. Cooke)

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