Betsy DeVos has told Connecticut schools overnight that desegregation grants will be cut off Oct. 1 if they continue to allow transgender students to compete with the correct teams.
The move to withhold about $18 million intended to help schools desegregate could have national implications for both transgender athletes and students of color according to the New York Times.
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The department’s Office for Civil Rights has warned officials at three Connecticut school districts that it will not release desegregation grants as planned on Oct. 1, unless the districts cut ties with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference over its transgender policies. Negotiations among the parties continued Thursday evening.
Connecticut Magnet Schools, long championed by Trump for his Faux diversity program, stand to lose millions effectively ending minority attendance.
“It’s effectively extortion,” New Haven’s mayor, Justin Elicker, said. “The federal government is trying to force us to take a side against transgender individuals.”
Betsy DeVos has been targeting Connecticut, a blue state, but according to the NY Times, there are 16 other states with similar diversity programs.
Devos has narrowed her attack to Connecticut Magnet Schools after failing to force a similar nationwide ban on public schools.