The Department of Education is seeking regulatory reform next year. The Secretary of Education leading, Betsy DeVos, is no stranger to speaking out in opposition of what she dubs an approach that is “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to education, and the department has focused reviewing requirement and rules issued in former administrations, trying to restrain what the Secretary calls federal overreach.

That review is due to involve more consideration regarding the Title IX guidelines set by the Obama administration discussing how campuses are supposed to handle sexual assault, a regulation rescinded by DeVos to applause in both the Right and Left last September.

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A source from the department said to the Washington Examiner that they are going to work out a new rule to draft by March.

The source also summarized that the department has a broader goal: “reducing overreach the department has engaged in in the past,” in efforts to “[free] up educators and administrators and institutions to actually serve students rather than be more worried about compliance.”

In K-12, a potential delay of two years of “significant disproportionality”-related rules is likely to be opened for comments too.

Lizz Hill

Looking on to the next year, Lizz Hill, press secretary, said the Washington Examiner how the department and its “Regulatory Reform Task Force will continue its scrutiny of regulations and significant guidance during 2018.”

Hill also pointed to Title IX’s university provisions on sexual assault and Every Student Succeeds Act regulations as significant areas on which to focus. “The department recently announced in its fall 2017 Uniform Regulatory and Deregulatory Agenda a number of initiatives that will occur in the coming year, such as rescinding K12 regulations that do not comply with ESSA and proposing a rule on Title IX that corrects the deficiencies of Obama-era guidance.”