Department of Education slams Biden team’s ‘sickening move’ to restrict data collection on sexual assault by teachers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – After attempting to roll back civil rights data collection on allegations of teacher-on-student sexual assaults, Biden’s U.S. Department of Education has reversed course following public pushback.

In November 2021, the Education Department proposed to pull back Trump-era data collection from school districts on sexual assaults by teachers against students.  

An Education Department spokesperson explained to Fox News:

“We propose retiring data on the number of allegations made against school staff to reduce burden and duplication of data.”

Specifically, according to the Washington Free Beacon, the data collection would still allow information on “documented cases of rape and sexual assault,” but it would “not ask school officials to report allegations that resulted in the resignation or retirement of the accused.”

In addition, the “department also won’t ask districts to report pending cases or cases in which a school staffer was reassigned to another district school prior to the conclusion of an investigation.” 

In the words of Betsy DeVos, Education Secretary under President Trump, this move would allow for “‘passing the trash’ — relocating predator teachers without disclosing their conduct to the new district.”

According to Education Week, the proposal to remove those teacher-on-student sexual assault questions “drew high-profile criticism.”

It was likely that some of that criticism came from concerned parents, as by the time the proposal was put forth, parents across the United States had already become increasingly and vocally involved in the safety and education of their students.

Mishandling of sexual assault allegations has been very much on the public’s radar in the aftermath of the recent revelation that the board of a Loudoun County, Virginia, high school had attempted to cover up the sexual assault of one student by another.

As it turns out, in that same county, a high school counselor was arrested in November 2021 for “taking indecent liberties with a minor” sometime between 2013 and 2015.

The proposal was also soundly criticized as indicative of the Biden administration’s acquiescing to the interests of teacher’s unions.

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Kimberly Richey, former acting assistant secretary in the Office for Civil Rights under President Trump, told the Washington Free Beacon:

“This is the ultimate act of bowing to the teachers’ unions.”

Richey continued:

“Through this proposal, the Biden administration is actively helping schools cover up these incidents, which we were intentionally shining a light on.”

Betsy DeVos showed agreement with this assertion, telling Fox News:

“There is no rational way to justify sweeping teachers sexually assaulting students under the rug. 

“The only explanation is that the Biden Administration is a wholly owned subsidiary of the teacher union bosses, who have long tried to cover up teachers behaving badly….

“If you wonder why American families have lost all faith in the education system, this is another example as to why.”

American Enterprise Institute research fellow Max Eden also told the Washington Free Beacon:

”Teachers’ unions have a structural interest in protecting all of their members—including alleged pedophiles.”

He continued:

“Data suggesting systemic nonchalance about child sexual abuse in public schools would be quite politically inconvenient for teachers’ unions. 

“Now the data won’t be collected.”

Apparently in the face of public criticism, Biden’s Education Department has now walked back their proposal and reinstated the data collection questions on teacher-on-student sexual assaults.

The Department of Education itself is mum as to the reasoning behind their decision, saying only that it made its choice after “further reflection.”

However, given that the public was invited to share comments on the proposed removal of sexual assault questions, and that the Biden Education Department has now reinstated those questions long before the end of the 60-day comment period, it logically stands to reason that public interest in these matters held at least some sway in the decision.

Betsy DeVos noted on Twitter that it was “sad” that Biden’s Department of Education “had to be publicly shamed and embarrassed into doing the right thing for students.”

She also tweeted:

“The unbelievable decision to remove these questions & sweep teacher-on-student assaults under the rug in the first place showed @usedgov makes every decision based only on what the union bosses demand.

“Students deserve better.”

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It’s spreading: Parents opposing woke ideologies and policies at schools being targeted as ‘domestic terrorists’

Originally published October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are facing backlash for suggesting that parents who complain at school board meetings might be considered domestic terrorists.

On Sept. 30, NSBA wrote a six-page letter to President Joe Biden and requested federal assistance to stop what it claimed were “threats and acts of violence against public education leaders.”

The letter stated in part:

“NSBA specifically solicits the expertise and resources of the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service, and its National Threat Assessment Center regarding the level of risk to public schoolchildren, educators, board members, and facilities/campuses.

“We also request the assistance of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to intervene against threatening letters and cyberbullying attacks that have been transmitted to students, school board members, district administrators, and other educators.

“As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

The NSBA also requested a joint expedited review by the DOJ, Department of Education and Homeland Security along with the training, coordination, investigations and enforcement from the FBI and any technical assistance necessary from its National Security Branch and Counterterrorism Division.

NSBA also asked for the help of “any other federal agency with relevant jurisdictional authority and oversight.”

NSBA made an additional request to Biden:

“NSBA requests that such review examine appropriate enforceable actions against these crimes and acts of violence under the Gun-Free School Zones Act, the PATRIOT Act in regards to domestic terrorism, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Violent Interference with Federally Protected Rights statute, the Conspiracy Against Rights statute, an Executive Order to enforce all applicable federal laws for the protection of students and public school district personnel, and any related measure.

“As the threats grow and news of extremist hate organizations showing up at school board meetings is being reported, this is a critical time for a proactive approach to deal with this difficult issue.”

The NSBA was criticized by many for comparing parents to domestic terrorists and lacking authority on defining domestic terrorism.

Fallout for NSBA has included the Pennsylvania School Board Association (PBSA) leaving its national counterpart.

The PBSA cancelled its membership with the NBSA and announced in writing:

“The most recent national controversy surrounding a letter to President Biden suggesting that some parents should be considered domestic terrorists was the final straw.

“This misguided approach has made our work and that of many school boards more difficult.”

In addition, PBSA called the NSBA’s letter and its language “politics and posturing” and responsible for being a distraction for school boards:

“It has fomented more disputes and cast partisanship on our work on behalf of school directors, when we seek to find common ground and support all school directors in their work, no matter their politics.”

On Oct. 4, the DOJ released a statement on how it would address the “disturbing trend” of “violent threats” against school personnel:

“According to the Attorney General’s memorandum, the Justice Department will launch a series of additional efforts in the coming days designed to address the rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel.

“Those efforts are expected to include the creation of a task force, consisting of representatives from the department’s Criminal Division, National Security Division, Civil Rights Division, the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, the FBI, the Community Relations Service and the Office of Justice Programs, to determine how federal enforcement tools can be used to prosecute these crimes, and ways to assist state, Tribal, territorial and local law enforcement where threats of violence may not constitute federal crimes.

“The Justice Department will also create specialized training and guidance for local school boards and school administrators.

“This training will help school board members and other potential victims understand the type of behavior that constitutes threats, how to report threatening conduct to the appropriate law enforcement agencies, and how to capture and preserve evidence of threatening conduct to aid in the investigation and prosecution of these crimes.”

Nicholas Giordano, a professor of political science and host of “The P.A.S. Report,” recently joined Steve Malzberg on his “Eat the Press” weekly commentary show to discuss the Biden administration’s alleged misuse of the DOJ to target political opponents, including ordinary parents who are complaining about what is going on at their local schools.

During the show, Malzberg asked Giordano what the DOJ memo specified and how it affects concerned parents who have children in school.

Giordano replied:

“It goes back to our conversation a couple months ago where we talked about the national strategy for countering domestic terrorism because this document is an extension — the DOJ memo is an extension of this national strategy where they’re using it to target any and all political opponents.

“It’s clear. If you look at the fourth pillar of the national strategy, it talks about implementing CRT (critical race theory) in the classroom — diversity, equity and inclusion programs in the classroom — and that’s the way that you could solve the problem of domestic terrorism.

“So, we knew once this document was issued in June that this would be coming down the pike, and it’s funny that most outlets weren’t even covering it.

“This administration has fires all over the place that are burning — every issue they’re failing on — but they’ve chosen to prioritize targeting American parents who are simply upset at what their children are being taught. They’re upset about their children wearing masks for six to eight hours. They’re upset about mandates, and now they’re being declared domestic terrorists.

“I don’t know who is advising this administration, but when we have a situation where the government is now openly targeting people that dissent, it’s extraordinarily troubling, and I’m just waiting for all the conservative organizations to speak louder out there, to start pushing back.

“I’d like members of Congress to start calling for investigations into what’s going on because the full force of the federal law enforcement apparatus with the FBI, in addition to the intelligence community, is threatening to parents, and this document that the National School Board Association sent to the DOJ talks about using Department of Homeland Security using the Patriot Act against ordinary American citizens on page two of this document.

“It talks about the Patriot Act being used to target. When did the National School Board Association get to define domestic terrorism?”

Giordano further added:

“Well, I never thought I’d see this day, and I’m an advocate for small, limited government. I believe that any time you grant government a little bit of power, it tends to abuse that power.

“Unfortunately, most Americans have been asleep at the wheel, not realizing how powerful the government has become.”

Malzberg then showed a CNN news clip that criticized FOX News for reporting on various parents who have been complaining at their local school board meetings about school-related issues that are negatively affecting their children.

Malzberg asked Giordano, “Isn’t this what enables Garland and Biden to get away with what they’re doing? A media that mocks another outlet that even brings this up?”

Giordano replied:

“When you look at the media — the media was supposed to be the fourth estate — they’re the ones that are supposed to watch for government abuses of power.

“They’ve now become an extension of the government, and what they do is they try and cover up for the government, they try and hide the corruption and the abuses of power.

“It’s really astonishing that they just laugh this off, and it shows that the media — they don’t hide it — they’re activists. They’re looking to push agendas. They’re not journalists anymore. They want obedience and compliance within the system.

“Everyone has to bow down to the almighty government as long as it fits a certain narrative.”

Giordano pointed out that in the past, parents had largely ignored school boards for a long time and that if a few parents showed up to a meeting, it was considered a lot.

Now that more parents are becoming aware of school-related matters that disturb them, more are becoming vocal and complaining to their local school boards.

However, now school boards are feeling the heat and pushing back. Giordano noted:

“What they’re [school boards] saying is we don’t like your tone, we don’t like the way you’re talking to us — because it’s not like the parents calling the school board, they’re not calling them names, they’re not threatening them, they’re just yelling, they’re expressing their anger — and what the school boards and the government are now saying is we don’t like your tone, and since we don’t like your tone, you have the possibility of being declared a domestic terrorist because you’re not speaking to the rulers that be with the appropriate tone.”

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Switching gears, Malzberg asked Giordano about Steven Bannon’s recent refusal to testify before a Democrat-dominated committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol building.

It is not clear what Bannon’s alleged connection is to Jan. 6, however, Democrats recently told CNN that Bannon and three other Trump associates, including former national security aide Kash Patel, were being sought because they supposedly had information about “exactly what the president was doing” on Jan. 6 during the riot.

CNN reported that Democrat Rep. Bennie Thompson, who chairs the committee, said in a statement on Oct. 14:

“Mr. Bannon has declined to cooperate with the Select Committee and is instead hiding behind the former President’s insufficient, blanket, and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke.”

Thompson further said in the statement:

“We reject his position entirely. The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt.”

According to CNN’s report, any individual who is found liable for contempt of Congress is then guilty of a crime that may result in a fine and up to 12 months of imprisonment.

Regarding the situation with Bannon, Giordano pointed out:

“It shows it’s all about where you fall on the political spectrum and if you are against the powers that be, they are going to target you. They are going to try and take you down and it’s a message to everyone else because it’s not necessarily, ‘Well, we want to throw Bannon in prison.’

“It’s not necessarily, ‘Well, let’s target parents.’

“It’s, ‘Let’s silence them, let’s instill fear in them so that it prevents them from speaking up. It prevents them from defying us.’

“That’s what it comes down to. It’s about setting examples, making people examples to instill fear.”

When Malzberg asked whether parents should feel afraid of speaking up about their concerns, Giordano said:

“No. They use intimidation in all these documents and that’s what the government is doing. It wants to intimidate parents.

“You have to be courageous, you have to stand up, you have to speak out because if you don’t, these powers will continue to expand and it will be too late.

“We’ll look back and we’ll see that we should have spoken up now.”

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