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Betsy DeVos admits she knew transgender students would be harmed by revoking Obama-era guidelines

April 11, 2019
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has admitted that she knew her departments actions against transgender students could directly impact their mental health and wellbeing.

Appearing before the House Education and Labor Committee, the usually evasive and opaque DeVos was pressed to directly answer a question from Civil Rights Subcommittee Chairwoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oreg.).

Rep. Bonamici wanted to know if DeVos knew that rolling back President Obama-era guidelines preventing discrimination in schools based on gender identity would put transgender students in danger.

“When you rolled back that guidance, did you know that the stress of harassment and discrimination can lead to lower attendance and grades as well as depression and anxiety for transgender students?,” Bonamici asked. “Did you know that?”

DeVos tried to dodge the question, saying that the Office of Civil Rights is “committed to ensuring all students have access to an education free from discrimination.”

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