McGrath comments on college access, Title IX after taping town hall

Amy McGrath answers voter questions at a town hall held in the Cowgill Center on Transy's campus. Photo by Tristan Reynolds

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Amy McGrath, Democratic candidate for the 6th US House District, answered questions from The Rambler related to college access and Title IX after taping a town hall-style Q&A with voters on Transylvania University’s campus. The town hall was held in the Cowgill Building on Sunday afternoon, and included constituents from many of the 19 counties in the 6th District.

McGrath said that the new federal Title IX regulations were “going backwards” from the law before Education Secretary Betsy DeVos promulgated new interim guidelines in 2017, after rescinding a 2011 regulation. You can read The Rambler’s explanation of the new regulations, and how they work on Transy’s campus, here.

Of the new regulations, McGrath said that “[w]e had a decent law on the books the way it was, and I don’t understand why she [Sec. DeVos] would go backwards.” She described the role of the federal government as ensuring that “all students have a safe environment” at college.

McGrath also reiterated her support of increased access to federal Pell Grants for college students. She said that she wants to ensure that “all Americans who want to go to college and who qualify can.”

McGrath’s comments came after taping a town hall with Matt Jones of Hey Kentucky. The full town hall, in which McGrath answers questions from constituents, will be posted on the Hey Kentucky site on Tuesday, and an edited version of the town hall will appear on LEX18 on Tuesday at 7:30. You will also be able to read the full Rambler report from the town hall at that time.

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Tristan Reynolds is a Politics, Philosophy, & Economics major, with minors in History and Spanish. He has been with The Rambler since his freshman year. Among his other activities, including serving on the Transylvania Student Judicial Board and writing for UnderMain magazine, he writes stage plays and composes orchestral, choral, & chamber music.