Photo: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos makes remarks during a major policy address on Title IX enforcement, which in college covers sexual harassment, rape and assault, at George Mason University, in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., September 7, 2017. (Mike Theiler/Reuters)
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the Obama administration used Title IX -- the campus gender equality law -- to coerce and intimidate universities to overreach when handling sex assault cases. She said the result was “an unraveling of justice” for both accusers and the accused. She pointed to an ongoing court case involving a former USC football player. He was expelled for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, but she denies any attack happened.
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Betsy DeVos is from Michigan, a state that’s become a charter school free-for-all with little oversight. Detroit schools are among the worst in the nation. DeVos has put part of her considerable fortune into the Michigan charter school effort.
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