In the embattled first hundred days of the Trump Administration, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions have reversed an Obama Administration policy by removing protections formerly provided for transgender students in public schools that gave them the right to use the bathroom of their choice.
What is most disturbing to educators and LGBTQ advocates is that DeVos apparently shared reservations in rescinding the protections, citing concerns that rolling back recently acquired rights of transgender students could leave them open to harm. Sessions made his case directly to Trump, who issued an ultimatum to either support the new policy or quit.
Instead of standing by her principles and stepping down, (she claims she has quietly supported LGBT rights for years) DeVos caved in and signed off on the change that she has admitted privately could endanger our transgender youth. Read the full N.Y. Times story here.