Education Secretary Betsy DeVos seemed to distance herself from the Trump administration after Obama-era protections for transgender students in public schools were rolled back.
DeVos tweeted: “I consider protecting all students, including # students, not only a key priority for the Department, but for every school in America.”
I consider protecting all students, including #LGBTQ students, not only a key priority for the Department, but for every school in America.
— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVosED) February 23, 2017
Um, so what happened? It seems like she waved a humongous white flag instead of fighting for LGBTQ students.
DeVos said in a news release, “The guidance issued by the previous administration has given rise to several legal questions. As a result, a federal court in August 2016 issued a nationwide injunction barring the Department from enforcing a portion of its application. Since that time, the Department has not enforced that part of the guidance, thus there is no immediate impact to students by rescinding this guidance.”
“This is an issue best solved at the state and local level. Schools, communities, and families can find – and in many cases have found – solutions that protect all students.”
DeVos was reportedly against rescinding the order and had initially resisted signing off on it, but Donald Trump sided with Attorney Jeff Sessions, pushing her to get on board because both departments had to agree on rescinding the guidance in order to move forward.
Well, Twitter wasn’t about to let DeVos off the hook:
Talks cheap. But revealing she feels need to distance herself from admin. I mean it's Betsy DeVos! https://t.co/QxFka2Zo4U
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 23, 2017
Talk is cheap, Betsy. https://t.co/lz5eatp4k1
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 23, 2017
— The Leadership Conference (@civilrightsorg) February 23, 2017
— Zeke Stokes (@zekestokes) February 23, 2017