End of confusion in Education Department?

Thursday, December 6, 2012
 | 
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Since the controversial assistant secretary for civil rights in the U.S. Department of Education has abruptly resigned, effective immediately, a nonprofit educational foundation hopes to clear up some confusion.

Shibley

Russlynn Ali last year mandated that colleges and universities sharply curtail due process protections for students accused of sexual misconduct. Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) tells OneNewsNow she refused to respond to his organization's questions about the mandate.

"The 'dear colleague' letter from 2011 that required due process to be stripped from any people accused of sexual misconduct and harassment certainly has been controversial since it came out," Shibley notes. "It's been the topic of a lot of debate. She's the author of it, and it wouldn't surprise me if that was part of her decision-making process."

But school officials have largely been in the dark about how to handle Ali's directive.

"Unfortunately, universities have been very confused as to how to handle this in a fair way," the FIRE spokesman reports, "and the Department of Education has not been very good at guiding them on how to do it. So, it's been two years of confusion on that front."

FIRE plans to contact Ali's successor to ask him or her to answer the two letters they previously sent to Ali for a better explanation of the department's position on this mandate.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

If Democrats choose Rep. Keith Ellison to head up the DNC, it will ...

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

At least 9 killed in warehouse fire, dozens still missing
Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan call
Muslim cleric heads back to court to fight off deportation
McConnell cautions replacement to health law to take time
IS exploits rain, hits Iraqi militias west, south of Mosul
Dazed Tennessee residents get first look at wildfire rubble
Latest: Police: Shooter impersonated cop at Tacoma mall
Professor fatally stabbed on USC campus, student arrested

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Ted Cruz defends Trump's talk with Taiwanese leader
Republicans praise Trump; China launches complaint
9 dead, 25 unaccounted for in Oakland warehouse party fire
Trump's defense secretary pick Gen. 'Mad Dog' Mattis has way w/words
Bergdahl requests pardon from President Obama, US officials

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Education 2012: Year in Review

In 2012 many Christian colleges saw ObamaCare challenge their religious freedoms, schools made significant gains, student religious freedoms were increasingly being attacked, and at the end of the year the massacre of young children at Sandy Hook Elementary cast a pall over the nation at year's end.