Respect Report: From the Halls of Congress to the Hallways of the Schools Next Door

The System Works

It was clear very early in Russlynn Ali’s tenure as the new Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education that she was committed to having her office do everything it could to end harassment and discrimination faced by students nationwide. On her third day on the job – before she had even unpacked her office – I had the opportunity to meet with her to discuss anti-LGBT bias and violence in our schools, and hear her vision for bringing her office’s powers under Title IX to bear on this national crisis.

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