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President Biden’s Controversial Education Department candidate Katherine Lamon was ratified by the Senate amid a nationwide fight against critical race theory and an expected rollback of Trump-era Title IX rules.

The Senate on Wednesday voted to confirm Lahmon as assistant secretary of the Department of Civil Rights in a 51-50 vote along party lines, with Vice President Harris casting a tie-breaking vote.


Lhamone’s confirmation had its fair share of controversy over her view of Title IX rules implemented under former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that required colleges to presume innocent students accused of sexual misconduct on campus until proven guilty.

Biden nominee claims Trump-era Title IX REGS protected due process allows students to ‘punish rape’

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Title IX is a 1972 law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education and has been the focus of heated debate at universities across the United States on punishment for students accused of sexual misconduct.

Biden’s nominee to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Education said at her Senate confirmation hearing that she would uphold the provisions, but defended one of her tweets where she claimed the rules allowed students to “rape and sexually assault.” Harassment with rape of students”.

“[DeVos]About the rules on Twitter in May of last year, Lamon claimed, “Presides to take us back to the bad old days that were before I was born, when students were allowed to rape and sexually assault. ” “Today’s students deserve better, including fair protection in line with the law.”

Senator Bill Cassidy, R-La., was questioning Lamon about his tweets, which was doubled down by the nominee at the hearing.

“I think what I said in the tweet is the regulation allows students to rape and sexually assault,” Lamon replied to Cassidy. “I think the regulation undermines the intent of Title IX that Congress wrote.”

DeVos has spoken out on the controversial presidential candidate, calling the nominee “from worst to worst.”

“As far as nominations go, Katherine Lamon is the worst,” DeVos said. She said this notion could lead to Lamon continuing to pursue Obama-era policies as the head of the Civil Rights Division, including establishing racial quotas, allowing biological men to use the female bathroom, and returning due process rights. Taking it is a “catastrophic idea”.

Davos too spoke Critical is against race theory as the subject remains the center of controversy in schools across the country.

“It’s a distorted and distorted view of America and America’s history and America’s aspirations,” she said, “it teaches children to hate their country, to doubt each other, to be perceived as either oppressed or oppressed, And it doesn’t ‘encourage any man to develop himself.

If anything, DeVos said, it’s “largely divisive” than anything.

Lhamon’s nomination also prompted warnings from education advocates.

In a recent report, the non-profit Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Having said That Trump-era Title IX regulations “promoted due process in colleges,” but those changes have the potential to be undone with Lamon’s confirmation.

“Ultimately we see that student rights are moving in the right direction, but Katherine Lamon’s nomination shows just how dangerous the progress we’ve made,” FIRE Executive Director Robert Shibli said in a statement.

“If confirmed, Lmon’s history and rhetoric would indicate that she would put her thumb on the scale of justice – taking away fundamental rights and encouraging a clearly unfair shadow justice system that gives students their denies the right to due process,” he continued.

Title IX rules, enacted in 2020 under the Trump administration, were designed to protect students’ due process rights by ensuring that colleges recognize that a student accused of sexual assault or assault remains guilty until proven guilty. is innocent. The change in the law would require colleges to allow live hearings and provide a platform for the examination of sexual assault witnesses.

The change under DeVos came as a direct result of criticism of the Obama administration’s guidance from 2011, which many claimed made it easier to expel students from their universities who falsely accused sexual harassment claims without due process. .

At the time of the announcement, DeVos said the revised rules would ensure equitable justice across colleges, which “often stacks the decks against the accused.”

Critics of the Trump-era changes claim that live questioning can be painful for sexual assault survivors and make it harder for victims to come forward and report incidents.

However, proponents of the amended rules say the rule allows lawyers to cross-examine the case with the victim, so it will limit any potential trauma.

The Biden administration has indicated it will roll back Trump’s 2020 rules on Title IX in the near future.

Granthshala News’ Kelly Lako and Andrew Murray contributed reporting.

Houston Keene is a reporter for Granthshala News Digital. You can find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.