Betsy DeVos, Title IX, and a Whirlwind Week in Washington

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News / Getty Images

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News / Getty Images

This week, Betsy DeVos announced her intention to open a process that will lead to changed regulations for publicly-funded campuses responding to sexual assault allegations under Title IX. We discuss this announcement, a variety of social media hot topics, and Sarah's trip to Washington D.C. 

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The Pearls

We briefly review the history of Title IX (also named the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act) before discussing Betsy DeVos's announcement that she'll be reviewing and replacing the Obama administration's guidance on campus sexual assault. We talk about the difficulty of grappling with both the criminal and non-criminal aspects of harassment, the impact public discussion has on victims, and the damage that occurs when accusations are proven to be false. 

We also talk about some of the topics making the social media rounds: 

To compliment the other side, Beth compliments Senator Dick Durbin for his persistent work on immigration. Sarah compliments the Kentucky Republican legislative delegation. 

The Suit

Sarah joined 43 officials and citizens of Paducah, KY, in Washington D.C. for a whirlwind visit. We discuss: 

The Heels

Beth talks about learning from her children that we are all too busy. Sarah discusses her continued house-hunting.