WASHINGTON, DC – The Biden administration’s Department of Education is reportedly proposing to dial back efforts at collecting data pertaining to sexual assaults of children in schools perpetrated by teachers.
Said proposal by the Department of Education is reasonably raising concerns in the realm of transparency when it relates to instances of school faculty misconduct.
Under the proposal put forth by the Department of Education earlier in November, data collection efforts moving forward would detail the number of documented sexual assaults at any given school.
However, the Trump-era reporting on “rape or attempted rape, or sexual assault” that were followed up with “a resignation or retirement prior to final discipline or termination” of the accused would no longer be reported.
A Department of Education spokesperson defended the proposal of no longer collecting the aforementioned data, noting in an email to Fox News that the new approach to data collection would “reduce burden and duplication of data.”
“The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) strives to ensure the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) data are an accurate and comprehensive depiction of student access to educational opportunities in the school district.”
For the 2021-22 CRDC, OCR will continue to collect data on the number of documented incidents of offenses committed by school staff, including rape or attempted rape, and sexual assault. These are data the CRDC has collected since 2015-16. We propose retiring data on the number of allegations made against school staff to reduce burden and duplication of data. This is a proposal and OCR welcomes feedback on this proposal from the public during the 60-day comment period.”
Kimberly Richey, former acting assistant secretary in the OCR under President Trump, thinks this proposal by the Department of Education is nothing more than the Biden administration cozying up to the teachers’ unions.
“This is the ultimate act of bowing to the teachers’ unions. Through this proposal, the Biden administration is actively helping schools cover up these incidents, which we were intentionally shining a light on.”
Max Eden, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, explained that teachers’ unions host a “structural interest” in ensuring that a complete picture of sexual assaults transpiring at schools isn’t brought to light, calling it “politically inconvenient.”
“Teachers’ unions have a structural interest in protecting all of their members—including alleged pedophiles. Data suggesting systemic nonchalance about child sexual abuse in public schools would be quite politically inconvenient for teachers’ unions. Now the data won’t be collected.”