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Betsy DeVos' Racism Called Out

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  • 4 years ago
Rep. Katherine Clark called out the racist policies of Betsy DeVos. John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/

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Read more here: https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2019-04-01/rep-katherine-clark-calls-for-betsy-devos-to-resign-citing-racist-research

"REP. KATHERINE CLARK, A Democrat from Massachusetts, is calling for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to resign, saying she used "racist research" from an academic considered well outside the mainstream as a justification for revoking Obama-era school discipline guidance.

"What Betsy DeVos did that I object to and find disgusting is she rescinded civil rights policy and cherry-picked racist research to back it up," Clark said Monday morning on MSNBC.

"What she did was roll back Obama-era protections for children of color who we know are disciplined at far greater rates than their white peers," she said. "And she backed it up with research that says this isn't because of institutional racism, this isn't because of any of that. It's because of who these children are. It's because black children are just temperamentally different. They come to school with behavioral problems and they import them into the classrooms."

At issue is guidance from the previous administration aimed at stemming the school-to-prison pipeline by prodding schools to reduce the number of suspensions and expulsions, especially for students of color, who receive disciplinary actions at disproportionately high rates.

"The Secretary rescinded this guidance months ago because she heard repeatedly that it wasn't working for students or for teachers," Liz Hill, press secretary for the Department of Education, said in a statement. "For the Congresswoman to show up today and try to grab headlines is nothing more than political opportunism at its worst."

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