Ed Dept. just got more money to combat campus sexual assault


The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights just received a 7 percent increase in its budget in the recently passed omnibus spending bill.

The House-passed bill includes a $7 million increase in funding for OCR, while the bill before the Senate includes a $6 million increase. Last year, OCR's budget was $100 million.

OCR had sought an additional $30 million in funding in part to help ease the burden of campus sexual assault investigations. OCR is currently investigating more than 150 schools for alleged violations of the anti-discrimination law known as Title IX. This is thanks in part to the office's 2011 "Dear Colleague" letter that forced schools to adjudicate sexual assault accusations under Title IX.

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