A new rule change in the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has dismissed hundreds of civil rights complaints considered to be a burden to the office.
The change is among a series of revisions to the office’s procedure manual regarding civil rights cases. This protocol is aimed at cases involving a continuation of a pattern of complaints previously filed with the office.
These serial filings pose administrative difficulties and by eliminating them, the department hopes to streamline the review process as a whole. Civil rights organizations and advocates fear this change will lead to inaction on legitimate complaints to the office.
Liz King, director of education policy at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said the department has proven itself unwilling to provide children and families the justice they are guaranteed under the law.
“We have seen the dismissal of complaints made by transgender students who have experienced unlawful discrimination in school,” she said. “And we know now that the department has said that if someone is pursuing too much justice for too many children, then they will be ignored.”