U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
Both New Mexico senators, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined in a statement with other U.S. senators asserting that U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos does not support civil rights or oppose discrimination for students across the country. They signed on to a letter with U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) saying that she has not followed up on assurances that she gave during testimony in front of Congress during her confirmation hearings. There she claimed dedication to the idea that all students have a right to receive an education free from discrimination.
“Your actions belie your assurances” reads a statement in the letter.
Betsy DeVos is tied to the Family Research Council an extremist organization vocal in its intolerant views of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) groups.
In their letter the Senators wrote: “Your testimony in front of Congress, your continued association with groups with records of supporting discrimination, and two memos written by the Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, have reemphasized longstanding concerns about your dedication to the idea that all students, no matter their race, religion, disability, country of origin, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, have a right to receive an education free from discrimination.”
They mentioned memos issued by her office scaling back and narrowing their approach to civil rights enforcement dealing with civil rights abuses and pervasive discrimination based on race, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.