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Department of Education


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Betsy DeVos protected religious orgs’ funding even if they discriminate. Joe Biden is changing that.
The Department of Education announced that they're looking to change a "religious exemption" rule that ensured public funds for anti-LGBTQ student clubs.
By Alex Bollinger
Friday, August 20, 2021

The Department of Education (DOE) has announced that it is starting the process to change a Trump era rule that requires colleges and universities to give funds and resources to student organizations that violate the schools’ anti-discrimination policies if they claim a religious exemption.

In a statement posted to the DOE blog, Acting Assistant Secretary for Office of Postsecondary Education Michelle Asha Cooper wrote that the Department “is currently conducting a review” of the “Free Inquiry Rule” passed in September 2020 under then-Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

The Free Inquiry Rule requires public colleges and universities to give “faith-based student organizations” an exemption to their non-discrimination provisions, rules that other clubs on campus are required to follow in order to get school funding and official status. The rule allows student groups to reject LGBTQ people, women, people of color, and others from leadership positions and exclude them if they cite their religious beliefs.

The rule also required private colleges and universities that receive certain DOE grants to comply with “their state institutional policies on freedom of speech,” and it contains a religious exemption to itself that says that religious colleges and universities are allowed to ban certain student clubs the public or secular schools cannot.

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/08/bet ... -changing/

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