"Along with changing programmatic priorities, these proposed cuts would result in a unsafe reduction of civil rights enforcement across the country", the commission concluded, "leaving communities of color, LGBT people, older people, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups exposed to greater risk of discrimination".
Identified as such allegations in the letter is "failure to promptly and equitably resolve a transgender student's complaint of sex discrimination"; failure to assess whether harassment of transgender students, including the refusal to use their preferred gender pronouns, is motivated by animus; or retaliation against a transgender student for looking into potential sex discrimination claims.
Groups that advocate for LGBTQ students met with Department of Education officials Friday morning in an off-the-record meeting. "The presumption here should be it's business as usual, and not that OCR is abdicating its role as a protector of civil rights for transgender students".
Behind the scenes, the office created expansive guidelines for civil rights investigations, stating that certain types of complaints could automatically trigger broader investigations that looked into more than just the particular instance of discrimination highlighted in a complaint. Specifically, the instructions say that investigators should not reject gender harassment allegations in a complaint, even if they have dismissed allegations involving "denial of access to restrooms based on gender identity".
One-time Niagara Falls survivor dies in repeat stunt
County and city officials who helped finance the stunt hope people watching news coverage will feel the same pull. In 2003 Mr Jones was fined by a Canadian court for performing an illegal stunt and banned from the country.
"The unclear instructions issued by the Department of Education sow a new level of confusion and doubt for students, families and schools", Gupta said.
The investigation is launched as left-leaning ProPublica released an internal memo - sent by Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Candice Jackson - it says it "obtained" that suggests "the Department of Education has laid out plans to loosen requirements on investigations into civil rights complaints". "The civil and human rights community continues to stand united, supporting the right of every student to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be protected by the law regardless of gender identity".
The federal watchdog group became concerned about the Trump administration after several agencies announced budget and personnel cuts in departments that oversee civil rights.
"Along with changing programmatic priorities, these proposed cuts would result in a unsafe reduction of civil rights enforcement across the country, leaving communities of color, LGBT people, older people, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups exposed to greater risk of discrimination", the commission wrote in a statement announcing the investigation. Individual complaints related to complex issues such as school discipline, sexual violence and harassment, equal access to educational resources, or racism at a single school might have prompted broader probes to determine whether the allegations were part of a pattern of discrimination or harassment. "In OCR, processing times have skyrocketed in recent years, and the case backlog has exploded".
The commission is chaired by Catherine Lhamon, who served as assistant secretary of civil rights at the department under President Barack Obama.
"Justice delayed is justice denied, and justice for many complainants has been denied for too long", Hill said in a statement.
The directive comes amid intense scrutiny of the Education Department by advocates for civil rights, who have criticized the Trump administration for seeking to roll back enforcement efforts.
Jackson issued another internal memo last week about how her office would respond to cases of discrimination after the rollback of Obama administration rules that encouraged states to allow transgender students to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said in a statement Thursday.
Director John Avildsen dies at 81; won Oscar for 'Rocky'
A native of Oak Park, Ill., Avildsen started out as a cinematographer, and shot his directorial debut, Turn on to Love in 1969. Avildsen returned to the Rocky franchise to direct the critically panned Rocky V (1990) about a protege who turns on Rocky .
Erdogan said the United States had no right to arrest his guards, who he said were protecting him from "terrorists". The sixteen include twelve agents from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan security detail.
With a third European title in four seasons, coach Zinedine Zidane has re-established Madrid as the premier team on the continent. In the Champions League is a new thing for many of our players. "Three Champions Leagues in four seasons isn't too bad".
Forces also detained three freed prisoners from al-Jalazoon refugee camp for trying to enter Jerusalem without entry permits. The United States, Israel's main ally, was the biggest donor to UNRWA past year , pledging $368 million.
Recently , a bill passed through the California House Senate, which would similarly allow for a third gender-neutral option. Judge Amy Holmes Hen ruled that "The sex of Jamie Shupe is hereby changed from female to non-binary".
Data on Wednesday showed usa consumer prices unexpectedly fell in May and retail sales recorded their biggest drop in 16 months. He said at OPEC's meeting in late May that there would be a "marked" decrease in the kingdom's shipments to the U.S.
Perriello pledged in his concession speech to help Northam and said his campaign had shown that a "movement" is "rising up". By far, the most closely watched races will be between the five candidates running to be Virginia's next governor.
The FBI has taken control of the crime scene, which is located some 7 miles away from the White House in Washington, D.C. The shooting today is the first shooting of a United States representative since Gabrielle Giffords in 2011.
They found stab wounds in one of the victims but were not able to determine a likely cause of death for the other two women. Loeding said none of the victims suffered gunshot wounds, despite earlier reports that the women were shot.
In January, Trump vowed to track and donate all profits made by Trump Organization from foreign governments to the U.S. Justice Department lawyers also contended that Trump hotel revenue is no an improper payment under the Constitution.
Spectators react to mistrial at Bill Cosby trial
Paul Callan, who represented the estate of Nicole Brown Simpson in a civil case against her ex-husband, former football star O.J. He also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began.
Eagle-eyed Thomas takes lead with Open record
Open history, making him the first player since Vijay Singh accomplished the feat at Olympia Fields in 2003. When he eagled the par-5 18th, he became just the fifth player ever to finish with a score of 63 in U.S.
Sphero's spidey-sense tingles with a Spider-Man desk friend
There's still a while to go until Spider-Man is released, but until then all eyes will be on the project to see how it develops. BB8 ended up being a popular toy for Sphero and now the company has announced another one, the new Sphero Spider Man Toy.
US, Qatar agree F-15 fighter sale
The sale comes amid a simmering crisis in the Gulf after Qatar's neighbors accused it of supporting terrorism and cut diplomatic ties.
Escaped inmates captured in Tenn., governor says
Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said Thursday that the reward for information on the fugitives had been increased to $130,000. Two escaped inmates who killed two Georgia Department of Corrections Officers in Middle Georgia have been caught.
Iran calls U.S. fight against ISIS "a lie"
President Donald Trump is fond of using tweeter to share his opinions but he is yet to reply to Khamenei's tweets. Iran repeated accusations that Saudi Arabia funds Islamist militants, including Islamic State.