Evangelical Christian leader Jerry Falwell Jr. will now head an education reform task force under U.S. President Donald Trump. The task force is keen to cut university regulations, including rules on dealing with campus sexual assault, according to Liberty University.
Falwell, the son of the late televangelist Jerry Falwell Sr., was touted by Trump as “one of the most respected religious leaders in our nation” this time last year when Falwell endorsed him during the Republican party primary race.
Falwell was been on record as interested in eliminating numerous regulations the U.S. Department of Education has placed on colleges and universities, adding that many college presidents felt the same despite ranging from different sides of the aisle.
The Senate Education Committee sent Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos, to a full Senate vote set for Tuesday. DeVos and Falwell are both charter school advocates and have been fighting for child reform.
Falwell gained national attention particularly after the terrorist attack in San Bernadino with his statement:
“Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here.”
The White House did not immediately confirm the formation of the task force or Falwell’s appointment. On Tuesday though, Falwell told The News & Advance of Lynchburg, Va., that Trump “is forming some education task forces that I’ve been asked to head.”
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