DeVos Education Dept. Begins Dismissing Civil Rights Cases in Name of Efficiency – The New York Times

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DeVos Education Dept. Begins Dismissing Civil Rights Cases in Name of Efficiency

The changes worry civil rights groups, which point out that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has already rescinded guidances meant to protect students against sexual assaults on campuses and black and transgender students against bias.Credit…Erin Schaff for The New York Times

By Erica L. Green

  • April 20, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has begun dismissing hundreds of civil rights complaints under a new protocol that allows investigators to disregard cases that are part of serial filings or that they consider burdensome to the office.

Department officials said the new policy targeted advocates who flooded the office with thousands of complaints for similar violations, jamming its investigation pipeline with cases that could be resolved without exhausting staff and resources. But civil rights advocates worry that the office’s rejection of legitimate claims is the most obvious example [...]

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