From The Wall Street Journal:
The government office that responds to such issues as sexual harassment and racial discrimination is losing significant numbers of employees
By Michelle Hackman | December 15, 2017 5:30 AM ESTWASHINGTON—The Education Department is cutting staff at its Office for Civil Rights as part of a push to reduce Washington’s footprint in education. But critics say the move will blunt the office’s response to issues like sexual assault on college campuses and racial discrimination in public schools.
The department has offered voluntary buyouts overall to 207 employees as part of a broad staff reduction there, officials say. Of those, 45 offers were made in the civil rights office, the most for any unit in the department. The office with the next highest number of departures is Federal Student aid, where 36 employees were offered buyouts. . . . .
Some civil rights advocates are skeptical of the department’s explanation, saying the buyouts are determined by department chiefs who they say are targeting the civil rights office.They also follow the departure of a host of staff attorneys and other investigators following President Donald Trump’s inauguration—staff who won’t be replaced under a department-wide hiring freeze. Agencies have trimmed thousands of jobs as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce the size of government.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said she wants to shrink the federal government’s involvement in education, including civil rights enforcement. In a Wall Street Journal interview last month, Mrs. DeVos said the department is “doing a very serious housecleaning,” citing both personnel and Obama-era regulations.
There’s more at the original, but this is a very good thing; the biggest problem is that budget cuts at the Department of Education are not deep enough. My preferred budget figure for the federal Department of Education would be $0.00. Public education is supposed to be a state and local function, not a federal one.
The ‘response’ of the DoE under President Obama to sexual assault claims was to push universities to set up administrative systems within the colleges, systems which made a mockery of due process, and were tilted in favor of those making sexual assault accusations, instead of turning such claims over to law enforcement. This had two effects:
- It led to the punishment of students accused of sexual assault without any clear proof of guilt; and
- Since the limit to which colleges could punish students accused of sexual assault was expulsion, it left any real rapists expelled out on the streets, where they could rape other women.
Of course, to the women in the university, the laundresses and convenience store clerks who remained as potential victims somehow weren’t as important as the coeds.