Education Dept. to Withdraw 600 Policy Guidance Documents

The U.S. Education Department on Friday announced the withdrawal of nearly 600 policy guidance documents, including 72 in special education previously announced and others in offices dealing with K-12 and higher education, The Washington Post reported.

Much of the to-be-rescinded material is outdated. The agency will scuttle 97 guidance documents from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, including some related to fiscal 2000 appropriations and to grant programs that no longer exist. Another 398 guidance documents will be withdrawn from the Office of Postsecondary Education, including some that cover flooding in several states that occurred in 1997 and guidelines on how institutions should prepare for Y2K.

The move is part of the Trump administration's broader effort "to reduce the regulatory burden on Americans." Earlier this year, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded President Obama's borrower defense rule, guidance on transgender students, and guidance on campus sexual assault investigations.


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