This could be a sign of good things to come from the Trump administration where higher education is concerned.
The College Fix reports:
Law professor who slammed kangaroo courts could lead Trump’s education civil rights office
Gail Heriot is a law professor at the University of San Diego, member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and potentially, the next leader of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
Last month the due process advocacy group Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE) started circulating a letter supporting Heriot for the job, which oversees Title IX compliance on college campuses, and it drew more than 240 signatures from mostly academics in various fields.
The signed letter was shared with some members of Congress and Donald Trump’s transition team before the inauguration, but was published last week by Education Views before it was formally released to the public.
Though she is better known for opposing racial preferences in education, Heriot is a vocal critic of the Obama administration’s expansive view of Title IX.
She joined with fellow civil rights commissioner Peter Kirsanow in 2015 to argue against a massive budget increase for the office she might soon lead:
Though OCR may claim to be under-funded, its resources are stretched thin largely because it has so often chosen to address violations it has made up out of thin air. Increasing OCR’s budget would in effect reward the agency for frequently over-stepping the law. It also would provide OCR with additional resources to undertake more ill-considered initiatives for which it lacks authority.
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