People Are Going Off on Betsy DeVos for Supporting Reversal of Transgender Protections Law

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 17: Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos prepares to testify during her confirmation hearing in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

People Are Going Off on Betsy DeVos for Supporting Reversal of Transgender Protections Law

Here's what the education secretary said about her change of heart.

Published February 23, 2017

After Betsy DeVos decided to sign an order that she at first objected to supporting, the Secretary of Education has now defended her decision to rescind the guidance protecting transgender students in public schools.

On Thursday, DeVos spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where she said that the order originally put forth by President Barack Obama was “a very huge example of the Obama administration’s overreach.”

Earlier in the week, the New York Times reported that DeVos had been against the rescinding of the guidelines; however, she eventually buckled under pressure from Jeff Sessions. During her confirmation hearings, DeVos faced tough questions about whether or not she would act to protect the rights of transgender students.

After the Trump order was issued, Betsy DeVos issued a statement that said “as Secretary of Education, I consider protecting all students, including LGBTQ students, not only a key priority for the Department, but for every school in America.”

  1. Because DeVos should be acting with the best intentions of students across America, many are slamming her for backing down
  2. Many fear transgender children will have no one to protect them and their rights

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)


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