On Tuesday, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said 14 times that she won’t guarantee schools receiving federal funds will be specifically prevented from discriminating against LGBTQ students. It seems like she doesn’t believe it’s a school’s job to protect students who happen to identify as LGBTQ.
I guess some kids matter more than others, according to her logic.
As a former teacher, I’m disgusted. Typing out those words literally makes me feel physically ill–because all kids should be protected, especially by their school leaders and administration. According to NPR, DeVos testified at a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, where she answered every question about LGBTQ discrimination with “schools that receive federal funds must follow federal law,” a vague answer at best.
However, since there are no explicit laws in place protecting LGBTQ students from discrimination, her responses weren’t helpful at all–and the fact that she doesn’t want to push for legislation to be passed in favor of these students is astounding.