The Chicago Board of Eduction is suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Elizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosOnly 26 people approved for student loan forgiveness out of almost 34,000 who applied DeVos: Teachers union has a ‘stranglehold’ on many federal, state politicians DeVos rightly stopped Obama’s takedown of private colleges MORE and the Department of Education for allegedly withholding $ 4 million in grants over the district’s poor action of student sexual assault.
The school board’s lawsuit filed in federal Court on Friday alleges that the Trump administration has made a “radical departure” from previous administrations, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The lawsuit says federal authorities have stopped a $ 4 million payment to the school district that was intended to help transform three public schools into so-called magnet programs.
Education Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Hill told the newspaper that the department does not comment on pending litigation.
“Chicago Public Schools is filing suit in an effort to restore millions of dollars in funding that were abruptly and unlawfully taken from low-income students without providing the district with the opportunity to appeal the decision, “Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Emily Bolton told the Tribune.
The Tribune reports that the Education Department made the decision to withhold the grant money in September following an investigation by the paper that showed the school district had mishandled allegations of sexual abuse.
“The district has made, and will continue to make significant improvements to how it prevents and responds to allegations of abuse and, even more importantly, how it supports victims, “Bolton said.
The lawsuit is asking for the decision to revoke the funding be reversed.