Thursday, Attorney Generals from New York, New Mexico and 16 other states filed suit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her department. DeVos is being accused of breaking federal law and giving free rein to for-profit colleges by rescinding the Borrower Defense Rule.
Set to take effect this month, the Borrower Defense Rule was adopted by the Obama administration last November, and was created to protect students by making it “simpler for students at colleges found to be fraudulent to get their loans forgiven,” NPR’s Ed team reported. However, in June, one month after DeVos said her agency would reevaluate the rule, it was put on hold.
“Since day one, Secretary DeVos has sided with for-profit school executives against students and families drowning in unaffordable student loans,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a news release about Thursday’s court filing. “Her decision to cancel vital protections for students and taxpayers is a betrayal of her office’s responsibility and a violation of federal law. We call on Secretary DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education to restore these rules immediately.”
The attorneys general who filed the lawsuit are from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
It will be very interesting to see where this case leads, and it is obvious that a large amount of people are upset with DeVos’ current actions.