July 13th, 2017 ~ 5AM EDT
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is looking to overhaul Obama administration policies, which put the heat on colleges and universities to investigate allegations of sexual assault and warned schools they would lose federal dollars if they did not comply. The remark by Jackson, formerly a Trump campaign operative, drew an immediate sharp rebuke from Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Health, Labor, Education and Pensions. According to the Dept. of Justice, Title IX is "a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity." Sexual assault cases have shaken such campuses as Stanford, where a swim team member was let off easy after assaulting a passed-out student. At her Senate confirmation hearing, DeVos did not commit to upholding the Office of Civil Rights guidance given during the Obama administration. Three years ago, the Dept of Education put out a list of schools which had faced civil rights investigations related to reports of sexual violence.