Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will go down in history for doing terrible damage to public schools (“The Wreckage Betsy DeVos Leaves Behind,” The New York Times, Jan. 3). Instead of working to improve them, she stood as a bystander for their deterioration.
Yet there is one thing that DeVos deserves great credit for. In November 2018, she advanced regulatory proposals to assure the right of due process for students accused of sexual misconduct. Colleges and universities must now allow both accuser and accused the same right to choose advisers who can cross-examine witnesses. Prior to that rule, the scale was heavily weighted in favor of the accuser.
That’s no small thing in today’s Inquisition in higher education. Too many lives of innocent students have been ruined when they were unable to hire outside counsel to defend themselves.
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