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The Biden regime must undo everything former President Trump accomplished no matter the objective good in it. The Department of Education now wants to roll back the effort to collect data on teacher-on-student sex crimes.

As such, the department’s Office for Civil Rights will not ask school districts questions regarding teacher-on-student sexual assault allegations as part of its 2021-2022 Civil Rights Data Collection, proposed Thursday. The change is designed to “reduce burden and duplication of data.”

Unsurprisingly, it appears to be yet another attempt by President Biden to reaffirm his love for teachers’ unions, among others.

“This is the ultimate act of bowing to the teachers’ unions,” Kimberly Richey, who served as acting assistant secretary in the Office for Civil Rights in the Trump administration, told the Washington Free Beacon. “Through this proposal, the Biden administration is actively helping schools cover up these incidents, which we were intentionally shining a light on.”

The Education Department, it is believed, will still ask districts to report documented cases of sexual assault and rape, but it will not ask for reports on cases that resulted in the resignation or retirement of the accused. Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had previously added those optional questions to the 2020-2021 data collection efforts.

Reporting on allegations of sex crimes in addition to those that are documented had created a more accurate picture of the whole, given that the accused will often resign and/or find employment elsewhere before an investigation is concluded.

Mishandling of sexual assault allegations has become a thorn in the side of Democrat policymakers, teachers’ unions and school boards alike. In October, Loudoun Co. Virginia officials were embroiled in a cover-up of sexual assault allegedly perpetrated by a boy on two different occasions and at two different schools.

That fact is believed to be a driving force behind Republican Glenn Youngkin’s victory over Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race earlier in November.

American Enterprise Institute research fellow Max Eden told the outlet that the Education Department’s move is not unexpected, given the Biden regime’s devotion to unions.

“Teachers’ unions have a structural interest in protecting all of their members—including alleged pedophiles,” Eden said. “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.”

At least one person at the highest levels of the Education Department has been accused of poor handling of sexual abuse allegations. Four women allege Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten ignored their complaints about a teacher of theirs while Marten was superintendent of San Diego Unified School District.

One of the accusers, Loxie Gant, told the Free Beacon in March that when she met with Marten to discuss the allegations, Marten implied Gant was using the meeting as a “publicity stunt.”

Frank Webster

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