Fact Check: DeVos Doesn't Control Who Gets a 'Free Lunch'

Posted February 26, 2017

Last August, federal Judge Reed O'Connor of the Northern District of Texas issued a national injunction against President Obama's controversial directive telling public schools that they must allow transgender students to use the public facilities of their choice. It was unclear which way Trump would lean on this hot button issue, but ultimately he chose to side with the more conservative members of his party by ruling to rescind the protections in place for transgender students on Wednesday evening.

"Let's make this deal: I will challenge all on how and why we've done things a certain way, but I will listen to each of you on your ideas for how we can do better for students", DeVos said to members of the federal education department on her first day on the job.

But DeVos didn't actually say the teachers were waiting to be told what to do; rather, she said, "They're waiting to be told what they have to do, and that's not going to bring success to an individual child".

For instance, she spoke about college campuses and how conservative students may feel intimidated from sharing their views with liberal peers and professors.

DeVos would not answer direct questions from Democratic Senators during her confirmation process about whether she would continue to enforce protections against transgender students under Title IX.

DeVos reportedly told President Trump she was uncomfortable with rolling them back because of the potential harm that it could cause transgender students. The National Review, who support DeVos, said: "a decades-long education reformer, DeVos has worked quietly behind the scenes to create opportunities for every student to flourish, regardless of zip code".

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime opponent of LGBT rights, has been all for repealing the guidelines, but Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos "initially resisted" doing so, The New York Times reports.

MeEnany wasn't the only conservative vocally supporting DeVos from onstage, as the new education secretary was recently blocked from entering a D.C. school by protesters.

"My job isn't to win a popularity contest with the media of the education establishment here in Washington", she added. In a court filing, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Justice Department requested to withdraw a government motion a year ago asking a judge to scale back the injunction. The DeVos family has long fought for education reform in the state of MI, including loosening the regulations of charter schools. She has received a great deal of criticism for herlack of experience in public education, support for funneling taxpayer dollars into privately run schools, failure to study basic education policy concepts, and position as a billionaire donor who backed numerous GOP senators that voted for her.

Earlier this month, Trump's administration asked to withdraw a motion filed by Obama over the issue. What we should be more concerned about is her influence and lack of knowledge, which could create an impact that will affect our younger siblings and our children. Women's Marchers held January rallies opposing DeVos, as if opposition to school choice was an inherently feminist issue.

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