Betsy DeVos’s DoE Says It Plans to Reduce ‘Overreach’ in 2018
School Choice Weekly #204
The U.S. Department of Education, led by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, announced it will spend 2018 deregulating the nation’s education system:
The Department of Education has its sights set on regulatory reform in 2018. Led by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who often speaks out against what she calls a “one-size-fits-all” approach to education, the department is focused on reviewing rules and requirements issued by previous administrations, seeking to curb what she says is federal overreach.
That review will involve further consideration of the Obama administration's Title IX guidelines on how campuses should handle sexual assault, which DeVos rescinded to the applause of many observers on both the Left and Right in September. A department source told the Washington Examiner they are working to have the draft rule out by March.
The source summarized the department’s broader goal as “reducing overreach the department has engaged in in the past,” in an effort to “[free] up educators and administrators and institutions to actually serve students rather than be more worried about compliance.”
Perhaps the DOE can deregulate itself right out of existence? “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”
SOURCE: The Washington Examiner
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