“Senator, I said it before and I’ll say it again, that schools that receive federal funds must follow federal law,” DeVos replied.
Later in the hearing, when Democrat Jack Reed of Rhode Island picked up the anti-discrimination thread, DeVos repeated the answer eight more times. At one point Reed, exasperated, asked: “But what does that mean?”
Now that’s a good question.
…In short, when DeVos says, “Any institution receiving federal funding is required to follow federal law,” it’s important to know that that law offers limited protections for LGBTQ students and an exemption for many schools.