Ed Roll Back DeVos Era Regulations Biden Department Title IX Rules

Last week, the 50e anniversary of Title IX, the Department of Education (ED) has released for public comment its proposal to revise the regulations that implement the landmark law preventing discrimination in education based on sex.

Title IX protects women and girls against discrimination at all levels of education, from elementary and secondary schools to higher education. The law ensures that women are treated equally in educational institutions and have legal recourse if they are not treated equally or if they experience sexual harassment because of their sex.

“Over the past 50 years, Title IX has paved the way for millions of girls and women to access equal opportunities in our nation’s schools and has been instrumental in the fight against sexual assault. and sexual violence in educational institutions,” said US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. in a report.

Best known for increasing women’s and girls’ access to and participation in sports, Title IX removed barriers for women and girls in education. The act made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex in programs and institutions that received federal funding. The law has been instrumental in increasing participation in education. It removed barriers preventing women from taking courses in particular subjects, removed admission caps for women, prohibited colleges from requiring higher test scores for women applying for admission, and expanded the access to sports in high school and college for women.

The new rules were developed after an extensive consultation process by ED. Experts in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education were widely consulted. Additionally, for the first time, ED hosted a nationwide virtual hearing to receive input and feedback from a wide range of interested parties.

The proposed rules offer various protections, including legal protection against gender discrimination, requiring schools to respond quickly and effectively to any complaints of gender discrimination, and ensuring that LGBTQI+ students are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender. gender identity. In addition, the proposed settlement protects against retaliation anyone who exercises their rights under Title IX and protects the rights of pregnant students and employees.

These regulations will reverse many changes made by former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Regulations implemented by DeVos just before the end of the Trump administration were seen as weakening protections for victims of sexual harassment and violence and drew condemnation from many advocates and Democratic members of Congress. Opposition to the rules issued by DeVos included a lawsuit from the National Women’s Law Center that led to part of the rules being overturned.

A look at the new rules makes it clear that they deviate from DeVos-era regulations. “The Department’s proposed changes will restore vital protections for students in our nation’s schools that were eroded by controversial regulations implemented under the previous administration.”

The proposed rule will be open for public comment for 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. After the comment period ends, ED will review all substantive comments, revise the rules as necessary, and provide a response to all comments prior to the publication of the final rules.

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