Civil rights advocates have been highly critical of the new guidelines put in place under the direction of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The Trump administration has overhauled the rules for investigating discrimination in the nation’s schools in a way that the Education Department says will boost efficiency but advocates fear will weaken enforcement of civil rights.

“The decision to excise ‘systemic’ from the manual and — more importantly — from the work of [the Office for Civil Rights] means that they will be pursuing Whack-a-Mole justice, rather than change that actually addresses the systemic barriers to education faced by children of color, immigrant children, LGBTQ children, children with disabilities, and other marginalized children around the country,” said Miriam Rollin, director of the National Center for Youth Law, a nonprofit law firm.

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