The Trump administration began rescinding basic protections for disabled and minority students, prompting the creation of a group to fight back
The coalition entitled the Education Civil Rights Alliance was created following a series of drastic changes to key laws and strictures protecting disabled and other minority students by the Department of Education.
Betsy Devos, appointed the Secretary of Education by President Donald Trump, has shocked students, parents, and concerned education advocates nationwide following a series of changes to departmental policy.
DeVos has admitted that she was unaware the Education Act for disabled students was actually a federal law and rescinded a protective law that allowed students identifying as transgender to use whatever bathroom suited their gender identity rather than biological gender.
Protections for students who have taken out loans have been either rescinded or postponed, and protections set in place by former President Obama have been withdrawn.
ECRA aims to serve as a voice for the students being targeted under these new changes, consisting of educational and legal groups across the nation aiming to use their skills, time, and resources to defend the civil rights of students.
ECRA promises to protect minority students regardless of DeVos’s policy changes
The ECRA has stated its mission as protecting students who are disabled, transgender, immigrant, and Muslim after claiming that reports of harassment and bullying towards these groups are increasing in schools.
Despite the Department of Education being approached by multiple outlets for comments on the creation of the ECRA as well as any statement towards committing to uphold civil right laws for all students, it has released no comment or statement.
Director of the ECRA, Miriam Rollin, stated that she hopes that unifying various educational and legal powerhouses will have an impact on protecting the rights of students and that Department of Education stays “on notice” about these recent developments.