Attorney General James Asks Court to Immediately Halt Trump Admin Rule That Makes Students More Vulnerable to Sexual Harassment

Posted to Applied Web NY on Fri, 06/26/2020 - 13:55

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James and Corporation Counsel for the City of New York James E. Johnson, on behalf of New York state and the New York City Department of Education, have taken action to protect millions of students across the country — including more than three million in New York state and 1.1 million specifically in New York City — against sexual harassment and sexual assault, which impedes many students’ ability to access education. Attorney General James and Corporation Counsel Johnson filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to stop the U.S. Department of Education and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from implementing a new Trump Administration rule that will hinder how educational institutions investigate, address, and remedy sexual harassment in schools, colleges, and universities before the next school year starts this fall. The new rule will undo protections required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, which has been a crucial tool for addressing and eradicating discrimination on the basis of sex for all students in federally funded education programs and activities for nearly 50 years, and has protected the most vulnerable populations in the school system, including women, students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities.

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