DeVos Dismantles Rights For Disabled Students Guidelines

Nice Christian lady attacks disabled students: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinds rights of students with disabilities guidelines.

In disturbing news Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announces she has removed rules that provide essential guidance on the use of public funds in special education, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act.  

Vice News reports:

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos revealed over the weekend that she had recently rescinded 72 memos that give guidance about how schools that receive public funding should implement and follow laws to protect the rights of disabled students.

The memos dealt with two major pieces of legislation: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act. At the time of her Senate confirmation hearing in January, however, DeVos didn’t appear to know what the Disabilities Education Act was or even that it existed.

The Washington Post reports:

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services wrote in a newsletter Friday that it had “a total of 72 guidance documents that have been rescinded due to being outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective — 63 from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and 9 from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).” The documents, which fleshed out students’ rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act, were rescinded Oct. 2.

Commenting on the fact that DeVos has removed guidelines explaining how schools should use federal money for special education, Lindsay E. Jones, the chief policy and advocacy officer for the National Center for Learning Disabilities, said:

All of these are meant to be very useful … in helping schools and parents understand and fill in with concrete examples the way the law is meant to work when it’s being implemented in various situations.

In a press release, Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, said:

Today the Department of Education took another harmful regulatory reform step by rescinding 72 guidance documents for individuals with disabilities served under the Rehabilitation Act and students with disabilities served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This rescission is the latest in a series of disturbing actions taken by the Trump Administration to undermine civil rights for vulnerable Americans.

Bottom line: When Trump openly mocks the disabled, it only makes sense that DeVos would follow suit. And, as usual, it will be the children who suffer.

DeVos Dismantles Rights For Disabled Students Guidelines (Image via Twitter)
DeVos Dismantles Rights For Disabled Students Guidelines (Image via Twitter)

 

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