Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the top Democrat on the Senate education committee, is calling for the ouster of the Education Department’s civil rights chief, saying she has shown herself to be unfit for the job.
If you missed the back-story: Last week Candice Jackson, DeVos's pick to lead the Education Department's Office of Civil Rights, told The New York Times that "90 percent" of alleged campus rapes "fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.’”
Jackson has since apologized. Murray says Jackson still needs to go:
Despite her apology following a public outcry, Ms. Jackson’s callous, insensitive, and egregious comments regarding sexual assault on college campuses crossed a serious line and highlighted her clear biases in this area in a way that, to me and many women and men across the country, should disqualify her from service in the position of top Department of Education protector of students’ right to be safe at school. This was the final straw, but it is not my only concern. Since the day she got on the job, Ms. Jackson has worked to narrow the role of the office, back away from the progress made to protect transgender students, take away the tools and resources the Office for Civil Rights has to protect students, and move it away from its mission to ‘ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.'
I call on Secretary DeVos to immediately remove Ms. Jackson from her position as Acting Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights and work with us in Congress to make sure the Office for Civil Rights has the personnel, tools, and resources it needs to fulfill its critical mission and continue making progress to make sure all students can feel safe on campuses.
DeVos has not yet responded to Murray's demand.