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Betsy DeVos announces new approach to Title IX investigations: “The era of ‘rule by letter’ is over”

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks about campus sexual assault and enforcement of Title IX, the federal law that bars discrimination in education on the basis of gender, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at George Mason University Arlington, Va., campus. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

By Emily Jashinsky, Washington Examiner,

In a highly-anticipated speech delivered Thursday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the department is shifting its approach to Title IX enforcement away from that of the Obama administration, implementing a notice-and-comment process to develop an improved strategy based on feedback from the public.

The address, given before students and faculty at George Mason University, focused specifically on how her department will guide universities to handle investigations of sexual assault.

“For too long, rather than engage the public on controversial issues, the department’s Office for Civil Rights has issued letters from the desks of unelected and unaccountable political appointees,” DeVos said in her prepared remarks, referring to the Obama administration’s decision to issue significant directives more than once in the form of “dear colleague” letters from the Education Department.

“The era of ‘rule by letter’ is over,” she declared.

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