The Check In: Betsy DeVos’ Rollback of Civil Rights

The Check In: Betsy DeVos’ Rollback of Civil Rights


It is important to note that while the media focuses on
Trump’s daily tweets and scandals,
outbursts and distractions, the government he installed is
hard at work making policy that affects our lives. And one of those installations, Secretary of Education
Betsy DeVos, has been quietly overseeing
a massive rollback of civil rights regulations
in her department. For more,
this is “The Check In.” [ Cheers and applause ] So, within
the Department of Education, there is an important office called
the Office for Civil Rights. Now, for people
who can’t afford a lawyer, appealing to this office is
often the only way they can seek justice if they feel a civil rights
violation has occurred. The problem is,
it doesn’t seem like Betsy DeVos knows much about it,
at least based on this exchange. -The Office for Civil Rights
is committed to protecting the civil rights as determined
under the law of this land. -That’s not
the mission statement. Do you know what it is? -Perhaps you can share that.
-That’s — That’s okay. -I have not memorized
the mission statement. -No, that’s okay. Please explain for me
what you would believe to be vigorous enforcement
of civil rights in the context of schools today? -It would be following the law
and enforcing the law as stated. -Okay. [ Laughter ] -She just fully gave up. [ Laughter ] That’s how I sound when I’m stuck on the phone with
Time Warner. “I want an operator.
No, operator! Okay.” [ Laughter ] FiOS it is. So, DeVos claims to respect
the mission statement, but the reality is, she’s been
dismantling and defunding the civil rights office. In fact,
shortly after that exchange, three civil rights
organizations, including the NAACP,
which, incidentally, is how Betsy DeVos
spells knee cap… [ Laughter ] …sued the
Department of Education over new procedures that allow
its Office for Civil Rights to dismiss complaints that it
determines to be burdensome. Before DeVos,
the office was obligated to review any complaint in which
a civil rights violation may have occurred. But now, DeVos is using
the Office for Civil Rights to investigate complaints
like whether programs supporting women
at Yale University and the University of Southern
California violate federal law by discriminating against men. That’s right, the civil rights
office is taking up the cause of white guys
trying to get into Yale. [ Laughter ] Because I believe it was
Martin Luther King who said, “I have a dream
that my bro, Chad, could be accepted to Yale
with a 2.6 GPA and a letter from his dad
and not — not be tossed aside into Dartmouth or,
God forbid, Cornell. [ Laughter ] Making matters even worse,
the Trump administration recently announced
they’ll be reversing yet another Obama-era policy
meant to protect minority students
and promote diversity. -The push to promote diversity
in college admissions is being rescinded. -Critics say the reversal is
a politically motivated attack on affirmative action. -The Trump administration
discouraging the use of race to achieve diversity
in college admissions. -So, you don’t want to use race
to achieve diversity. What you are going to use? The different spellings of
Caitlyn? [ Laughter and applause ] Now, DeVos has also been
propping up and promoting voucher schools. You could think of voucher
schools like a gift certificate for parents who,
instead of sending their kids to a public school,
can use taxpayer money to send their kids
to a private school. It doesn’t sound so bad
on the surface. I mean, after all, Betsy DeVos
went to a private school and she turned out. [ Laughter ] The problem is,
according to reports, many of these schools
are run by Christian churches and have been known to
discriminate against LGBTQ students. Some lawmakers were alarmed at
these reports and tried to get DeVos
to go on record to say that federal aid
would not go to any school that doesn’t comply with our national
anti-discriminating laws. And it was a painful process to
get her to finally admit that. -Will you guarantee
as Secretary of Education that that money is included with
nondiscrimination policies for those private schools? -As I said, federal dollars —
-Is that a yes or no? -Federal dollars going to pro–
any program requires federal — -So what is your interpretation
of federal law? -I think I’ve —
I think I’ve made this clear. -Then just say yes or no. -Federal dollars
going anywhere for education, federal laws are adhered to. -So — So you would not be able
to send federal dollars to a private school that did not
adhere to the full panoply of civil rights laws
in this country? -Federal law must be — -Is that a yes or no?
Just say yes or no. Yes or no? -Federal law must be followed
when federal money is involved. -Is there some problem? Yes or no?
Will you guarantee — -I think I’ve been clear. -Then be — Say yes or no. -Yes.
-Okay. Great. Thank you.
Whew. Wow. Took a year. -Yeah. And a year — a year
is a very long time. Eighth grade took Betsy DeVos
two years. [ Laughter ] Fortunately, it’s taken DeVos
even less time to systematically dismantle
civil rights protections, and this administration
is telling us that she is the most qualified
person to lead that agency. And I — all I can say
to that is… -Okay. [ Laughter ] -This has been “The Check In.”

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    samuel obie

    Betsy DeVos is an extremely bad advert for sending your child to a private school. This woman is as dumb as you can get. She is clearly DeVosed from any brain cell.

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    lester L

    you have 10 yachts, why not donate 9 to the education fund, but the witch said, no i have to keep my skin fresh my doctor is waiting, god i hope that he can fix my face this time.

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    sam_well

    and if you dont know , California has much more charter schools than any other state in the nation. And Cory Booker went to DeVos' foundation and thanked her for giving a "choice" , how you called choice ? yes , right , corruption. Democrats in bed with DeVos.

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    The Ancient Lantern

    Fuuuuuuhhhh. This was super frustrating. Can’t stand people like her. Yes or no, spit it out!!!!

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    1WEr

    She paid VP Pence big $$$$$ to get this "position" to clear the way for white supremacist to stomp on all of us who aren't the 1% .

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    Andre L. Howard-Mitchell

    A professional lesson can be taught here. When you bullshit people for a living, just smile. It works for the Joker !!

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    Darren Wallace

    Mission
    The U.S. Department of Education's official department mission statement is as follows:

    “ ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
    Congress established the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on May 4, 1980, in the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88 of October 1979). Under this law, ED's mission is to:

    Strengthen the Federal commitment to assuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual;
    Supplement and complement the efforts of states, the local school systems and other instrumentalities of the states, the private sector, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organizations, parents, and students to improve the quality of education;
    Encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents, and students in Federal education programs;
    Promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through Federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information;
    Improve the coordination of Federal education programs;
    Improve the management of Federal education activities; and
    Increase the accountability of Federal education programs to the President, the Congress, and the public.[13]

    —Department of Education[14]

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    Adrienne Bolles

    De Vos is put in place to Privatize $$$ education. De Vos is a private corporation competing for a slice of Education money. Her brother founder of "Black water" a private military outfit got contracts in Iraq and could do things real US sanctioned military Soldiers can't do. Against civil rights of of Iraqis. Basically a legal soldier of fortune private contractor. He has also been hired for an oversight job in the Trump admin.

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    kleeamd82

    Is this seriously what late night comedy has become – sardonic opinions about politics??

    Yes, I know that there's always been political jokes on late night comedy but hosts like Carson & Leno & Letterman weren't so obviously bias & no one political party was safe from ribbing. It was done in a manner where you couldn't tell what side of the political aisle the host was personally leaning towards – the way it should be!

    But now EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. it's the same joke over & over & over&over&over, again, "ORANGE MAN BAD!".

    Gets old after awhile & tedious.

    “Why do they think since you have a ‘Tonight Show,’ you will deal with serious issues? That’s a danger. That’s a real danger. Once you start that, you start to get that self important feeling, that what you say has great import. And you know, strangely enough, you could use that show as a forum, you could sway people. And I don’t think you should as an entertainer.”
    – Johnny Carson

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