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Biden Ed department to scale back Trump-era efforts to track teacher sex crimes

President Joe Biden’s Education Department will no longer ask school districts for data related to allegations of teacher sexual assault on students, according to Fox News.

As part of its 2021-2022 civil rights data collection, the department’s Civil Rights Office is set to close questions posed by former President Donald Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, which aimed to better understand sexual violence perpetrated by teachers and staff. against students.

The department will no longer ask school districts to “report pending cases or cases in which a school staff member has been reassigned to another district school before an investigation is concluded,” according to the Washington Free Beacon. While it will still ask districts to report documented cases of rape and sexual assault, the department will no longer report cases in which allegations of sexual assault have resulted in the resignation or retirement of school staff.

While a spokesperson for the Department of Education told the Free Beacon the changes were aimed at “reducing the burden and duplication of data,” Kimberly Richey, Trump’s former acting assistant secretary in the Civil Rights Bureau, said: “It is the ultimate act to bow to the teachers’ union.

In response to the decision, DeVos told Fox News, “It is a sickening decision, and every American should be outraged. DeVos concluded that “there is no rational way to justify sweeping teachers sexually assaulting students under the rug. The only explanation is that the Biden administration is a wholly owned subsidiary of the bosses of the teachers’ unions.

“While I was in Washington, we kept unions from ‘dumping the trash’ – by moving predatory teachers without disclosing their conduct to the new district,” DeVos told Fox News. “We have held districts like Chicago to account and held them accountable for hiding hundreds of cases of sexual abuse for years. If you are wondering why American families have lost faith in the education system, here is another example of why.

The news of the changes comes as the Loudoun County School Board in Virginia faces strong backlash after it allegedly covered up a rape so it would have no problem passing a sweeping transgender bill allowing boys to use toilets in schools. girls.

Other questions to which the department will no longer seek answers are “if any of the students, teachers or staff of the school has died as a result of a homicide committed at the school”, there was at least one incident at the school that involved a shooting, “the” number of allegations made against a school staff member of rape or attempted rape, or sexual assault that took place at the school. school, which were followed by a determination that the school staff member was responsible or not responsible for the offense, “the” number of allegations made against a school staff member of rape or attempted rape, or d ‘sexual assault that took place at school, for which a decision was pending,’ and ‘the number of allegations made against a school staff member of rape or attempted rape, or sexual assault that took place in school, which were followed by a reassignment of tasks before the discipli not final or termination.

While the department will no longer research this data, it is adding data collection for the coronavirus, as well as a “non-binary option to male / female data categories for schools and districts that already collect this data.”

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