McEachin Statement on Decision to Rescind 2014 Discipline Guidance Package
WASHINGTON — Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement following Secretary DeVos’ decision to rescind the 2014 Discipline Guidance Package:
“Rescinding the Obama-era discipline guidance is extremely disappointing – but not surprising. Over the last two years, the Trump Administration has actively worked since day one to weaken or eliminate critical civil rights protections for students. Rescinding the guidelines that have helped make schools fairer and safer while reducing unfair discipline disparities will harm students of color and students with disabilities. With this move, the administration sends a clear message that it is not committed to ensuring fair and equitable treatment of all children in our nation’s schools.
“These disparities exist in my congressional district, and I have worked extensively to address them in several ways, including my call last year for a district-wide investigation of our school systems. Instead of removing these protections, Secretary DeVos should maintain and expand them. With or without the discipline guidance, the administration is still legally responsible for ensuring students are free from discrimination. I look forward to working with my colleagues next Congress to ensure the administration does its job and protects our children.”
As the son of a special education teacher, Congressman McEachin worked for decades to address school discipline issues as a member of Virginia’s General Assembly and has continued that work in the 115th Congress. Rep. McEachin co-led a bicameral letter in support of preserving the 2014 Discipline Guidance Package and hosted a congressional briefing with Ranking Member Bobby Scott on protecting students’ civil rights.
Contact: Jamitress Bowden