June 28, 2019

Friday Night Massacre: DeVos Trashes Rule That Protected Students from Predatory Colleges

In an all-too-familiar turn, Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos chose a Friday afternoon to formally rescind a regulation that protected consumers and taxpayers — in this case the gainful employment rule, issued in 2014 by the Obama administration. The rule was aimed at denying federal dollars — in the form of student grants and loans
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June 19, 2018

Trump and DeVos Trashing of Obama College Rules Will Hurt Students

Today Alexis Goldstein of Americans for Financial Reform and I met with officials of the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Education as part of the process of developing a Trump administration regulation that would repeal and replace the Obama administration’s gainful employment rule, which was aimed at protecting students
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February 7, 2018

Watch Live: DeVos Minions Destroy Student Protections

You can watch a live stream, right now, of the Donald Trump-Betsy DeVos Department of Education destroying government regulations aimed at curbing well-documented, egregious abuses committed against students by for-profit colleges. The only reason you can watch this live stream of the DeVos Department doing the bidding of the for-profit college industry is because advocates
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February 5, 2018

DeVos And The For-Profit Colleges’ Self-Destruct Strategy

For-profit colleges have a decision to make. The Betsy DeVos Department of Education has now formally proposed to almost completely dismantle the rules issued by the Obama administration to protect students and taxpayers against predatory college behavior — deceptive marketing and recruiting, sky-high prices, poor education quality, financial aid abuses. If the for-profit schools endorse
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December 6, 2017

Will DeVos Turn Over Policy to Earth’s Most Entitled People?

At this week’s Department of Education ongoing public meeting to advance Betsy DeVos’s plan to repeal and replace the Obama rules on for-profit colleges, owners and executives of those institutions repeat familiar themes, both during formal sessions and in hallway conversations. Faced with evidence that many for-profit college students end up dropping out, or graduating
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December 4, 2017

To Rewrite Obama Rules, DeVos Picks People Tied to Predatory Colleges

After Betsy DeVos announced she was dumping the Obama gainful employment and borrower defense rules — measures designed to protect students and taxpayers against predatory abuses by for-profit colleges — and was starting a new round of rule-making, there was evidence that she was stacking the deck. Her Department of Education issued completely one-sided “issue papers”
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July 9, 2017

DeVos Should Stop Stalling, Enforce Obama Rules to Protect Students From Fraud

This week, the Department of Education is holding hearings (Monday in DC, Wednesday in Dallas) at which members of the public can comment on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s announcement that she will conduct a “Regulatory Reset” – a new round of rule-making proceedings to reconsider two college accountability rules issued by the Department in
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March 13, 2017

For-Profit Colleges Renew Efforts to Destroy Key Accountability Rule

Buoyed by the ascendancy of Donald Trump, America’s predatory for-profit colleges are renewing their multi-front fight to destroy a key measure to hold them accountable: the gainful employment rule. The new battle plan includes pushes in Congress and before the Betsy DeVos Department of Education, plus two new lawsuits aimed at the regulation, including one, in Arizona,
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