DeVos: We Knew Of Potential Harms When We Rolled Back Transgender Protections
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos admitted Wednesday that she was aware of the the hardships faced by transgender students when she rolled back Obama-era guidelines meant to protect their rights.
In a hearing of the House Committee on Education and Labor, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), the chair of the subcommittee on civil rights and human services, asked Devos whether, when she rolled back the guidlines in the early days of the Trump administration, she knew “that the stress of harassment and discrimination can lead to lower attendance and grades as well as depression and anxiety for transgender students?”
DeVos didn’t answer directly, so Bonamici asked the question again. “I’m sorry,” she said, “I would really like an answer. Students and families need to know this.”