Senator wants official at Education ousted
WASHINGTON – Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., ranking Democrat on the Senate Education Committee, is calling for the ouster of the Education Department’s civil rights chief, saying that she has shown herself to be unfit for the job.
Candice Jackson, acting head of the agency’s Office for Civil Rights, triggered fierce criticism last week when she told the New York Times that “90 percent” of campus sexual assault complaints “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.’ ”
Jackson apologized publicly, disclosing that as a survivor of rape herself, she believes that “all sexual harassment and sexual assault must be taken seriously.” She also apologized privately to assault survivors in a meeting to discuss the department’s role in enforcing Title IX, a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination at federally funded schools.
Murray said Monday that apologizing for such “callous, insensitive and egregious comments” is not enough.