DeVos Diminishes Civil Rights Enforcement, Violates Education Department’s Mission

My hope is that one by one the 50 states and DC step up to provide these protections as the DeVos aim is to destroy the DoE anyway.


There continue to be warning signs that Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education is backing away from its responsibility to protect students’ civil rights:

  • The NY TimesErica Green reported this week on a new protocol by which the Department’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will “disregard cases that are part of serial filings or that they consider burdensome to the office.”  Department officials plan to stop investigating claims from frequent filers—people calling attention to widespread problems by filing numerous complaints against a number of institutions like schools, colleges, libraries and other educational institutions.  The stated goal of DeVos’s department is efficiency, despite that Catherine Lhamon, who led the OCR during the Obama administration explains: “the Education Department cannot pick and choose the cases it pursues. If the office has evidence that the law has been violated, it must open a case.”
  • Then there is the February publication of a…

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It’s not the KKK invading Grand Rapids this weekend, it’s a group more dangerous: The American Legislative Exchange Council

“On Friday, in Grand Rapids, a national right-wing organization will meet to create proposals that will give more power to corporations, attack public education, promote greater privatization of government and craft energy policy that will continue to benefit the oil and gas industry as we all suffer the consequences of climate change. How can we allow this kind of gathering to take place in this city, especially knowing that they seek to use wealth to influence public policy that gives private power greater control over our lives?”

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

The American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC, will be having their 2018 Spring Task Force Summit in Grand Rapids all day long, this Friday, April 27.

The ALEC event will be held at the Amway Grand Plaza and is a private event for members only. This is not surprising, as ALEC does not want journalists or any one else to expose what new policies they are crafting that will promote their neo-liberal economic agenda.

ALEC, of course, is the creation of the Koch Brothers, and is designed to implement policies that promote privatization, greater corporate control, plus undermine unions and attack public education. 

The Center for Media & Democracy (CMD) has done more to expose the efforts of ALEC over the years and they are the ones who discovered that ALEC will be in Grand Rapids this weekend

In an article by David Armiak and 

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