Betsy DeVos Speaks at Harvard Amid Protests

Betsy DeVos Speaks at Harvard Amid Protests”

"Students and their families should be able to rely on the Department of Education to be looking out for their best interests, but Secretary DeVos and her department are helping borrowers and lenders take advantage of Virginians".

Protests are planned in Cambridge Thursday following changes made to campus sexual assault policies.

DeVos said the old policy had been unfairly skewed against the accused.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos today named former Michigan Gov. John Engler - with whom she worked as a state Republican Party official when he was in office - to a national education assessment board as chairman.

"There are more than 1 million student borrowers in Virginia who have a total of more than $30 billion in outstanding student loan balances, and we should be doing everything we can to ensure they are protected from deceptive practices by federal loan servicers and for-profit schools", said Attorney General Herring.

Some students reportedly sat silently and raised their fists during the event.

More than a dozen protesters stood in the crowd holding signs reading "protect survivors", and "our students are not 4 sale".

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 protects against, on the basis of sex, being "denied the benefits of ... any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance".

While this law is held valid in the eyes of both critics and supporters of the Obama regulations, the 2011 "Dear Colleague" letter the Obama administration sent to universities is the controversial and polarizing factor in the fight against college sexual assault.

While the cheers and jeers of protesters gathered outside the venue could faintly heard as DeVos spoke, the event avoided the scenes of students shouting down conservative speakers seen at universities around the United States over the past year.

Several activists also expressed concern that the administration's support of shifting funding from public schools to charter, private and for-profit schools would hurt low-income and minority communities. She was confirmed in February when Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

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