Saturday, February 18, 2017

My Letter to Secretary De Vos In Support of Gail Heriot's Nomination

PO Box 130
West Shokan, NY 12494
February 18, 2017

The Honorable Betsy Devos
Secretary of Education
US Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202

Sent by First Class Mail and Email

Dear Ms. Devos:

This is a letter in support of your appointing Gail Heriot to head of the Office for Civil Rights.  As a member of the National Association of Scholars, I have learned with dismay about abuses under Title IX.  As well, I have been concerned about overreach in a variety of areas, including sexual assault and the current obsession with transgender students.  

I briefly corresponded with Professor Heriot last year because I admire her brilliance and courage. There is no better choice.

Frankly, I prefer to see a demotion of the Department of Education to the level of an office within another cabinet-level department and a closure of the Office for Civil Rights. These are state-level responsibilities, which the federal government has bungled.  However, given that the Department of Education will be with us, there is no better choice than Professor Heriot.


Professor Mitchell Langbert  

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