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The Department of Education is proposing to withdraw efforts to collect additional data on teacher-perpetrator sexual harassment, prompting concerns about transparency in reporting faculty misconduct.
Under last week’s proposal, the data collection will continue to add to the number of incidents registered at a particular school, but the Trump-era report on “rape or attempted rape, or sexual assault” allegations “resign or retire” before final discipline or termination. ”
Former Secretary Betsy DeVos enacted those provisions for the 2020-2021 school year, but they were reported to be delayed due to COVID-19.
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A spokesman for the Department of Education defended the move as a way to “reduce the burden of data and duplication”.
“The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) strives to ensure Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) data is an accurate and comprehensive picture of student access to educational opportunities in school districts, ”a spokesperson told LBL.
“For CRDC 2021-22, OCR will continue to collect data on the number of recorded incidents of school staff offenses including rape or attempted rape, and sexual harassment. These are data collected from CRDC 2015-16. Propose data. Proposal And OCR welcomes feedback On the offer from the public during the 60-day comment period ”(emphasis in bold by spokesman).
But critics such as Kimberly Riche, former assistant secretary of state at the OCR under President Trump, have accused the Biden administration of changing regulations to appease teachers’ unions.
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Richey called it “the ultimate act of bowing to teachers’ unions.” Washington Free Beacon.
“With this proposal, the Biden administration is actively helping schools to cover up these incidents. We are deliberately shedding light,” he told Free Beacon.
This is just one of several data items that the Department of Education has proposed retirement, including information about other alleged criminal activity at the school.
Department Suggested retiring The following are:
- “Did any student, faculty or staff of the school die as a result of the homicide committed at the school”;
- “At least one incident at the school is under fire”;
- “The number of charges against a school employee for rape or attempted rape, or sexual harassment, followed by a determination that the school staff is not responsible or liable for that crime”;
- “The number of allegations of rape or attempted rape on school staff, or of sexual harassment at school, which is pending resolution”;
- “The number of rape or attempted rape incidents at the school, or the number of accusations made against school staff for sexual harassment, was followed by a rescission of duty before final discipline or termination.”
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According to a press release last week, the department is adding data items related to COVID-19 and students with disabilities who receive special education. This includes the “non-binary option for male and female data classes for schools and districts that already have data”.
The latest move by the department comes at a time of tensions surrounding sexuality, gender and sexual harassment in public schools. Virginia is still plagued by alleged sexual harassment at Loudoun County Public Schools, which shook up its gubernatorial run this fall, but parents are concerned about students asking about their gender and sexuality.
This problem is thought to have contributed to the loss of Democrats in the state, which has become increasingly blue in recent years.
The National Education Association and the National Federation of Teachers did not immediately respond to LBL’ requests for comment.