September 25, 2015

SEN. ALEXANDER GRILLS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ABOUT POWER GRAB – In a congressional hearing on Wednesday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) challenged Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Amy McIntosh about past statements made by her colleague Catherine Lhamon, the assistant secretary for the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Lhamon had claimed that colleges and universities were expected to comply with OCR’s Title IX guidance, despite the fact that federal guidance is not binding.

FIRE has been saying for years that a lot of what OCR does violates the Administrative Procedure Act. We applaud Senator Alexander for challenging OCR’s abuse of power. You can watch the back-and-forth between Senator Alexander and Deputy Assistant Secretary McIntosh in the video below and the video of the full hearing on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ website.

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