Education Department

DeVos reinstates for-profit college watchdog cut under Obama

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday restored federal recognition to an accrediting group that oversees dozens of for-profit colleges but was shut down by the Obama administration over allegations of lax supervision. Her decision says the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools was found to be “substantially in compliance” in 19 of 21 areas … Continue reading DeVos reinstates for-profit college watchdog cut under Obama

NEW YORK | AP Exclusive: Gov’t questions unfair student loan practices

NEW YORK — One of the nation’s largest student loan servicing companies may have driven tens of thousands of borrowers struggling with their debts into higher-cost repayment plans. That’s the finding of a Department of Education audit of practices at Navient Corp., the nation’s third-largest student loan servicing company. The conclusions of the 2017 audit, … Continue reading NEW YORK | AP Exclusive: Gov’t questions unfair student loan practices

DeVos wants to change campus rules on sexual misconduct

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate. Her plan would scale back important Obama administration rules while adding mandates that could reshape the school … Continue reading DeVos wants to change campus rules on sexual misconduct

WASHINGTON | DeVos to miss deadline in easing college fraud protections

WASHINGTON — The Education Department says it’ll miss a key deadline in its push to ease regulations for for-profit colleges. A rule being drafted by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (dih-VAHS’) is meant to lower protections for students swindled by their schools. So the delay, laid out in a court filing late Tuesday, is a victory … Continue reading WASHINGTON | DeVos to miss deadline in easing college fraud protections

WASHINGTON | Education Dept. proposals on guns in schools sparks outcry

WASHINGTON  — The Education Department says it is weighing whether to allow states to use federal funds to purchase guns for schools, prompting a storm of criticism from Democratic lawmakers and educators. If approved, the plan would likely generate a lot of controversy at a time when a string of especially deadly school shootings earlier … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Education Dept. proposals on guns in schools sparks outcry

WASHINGTON | Anger over Ed Dept mulling federal money for guns in schools

WASHINGTON  — A senior Trump administration official says the Education Department is weighing whether to allow states to use federal grants earmarked for academic enrichment to purchase guns for schools. The official told the Associated Press on Thursday that the agency is reviewing legislation governing the grants to see if the money can be used … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Anger over Ed Dept mulling federal money for guns in schools

DeVos proposes another rollback on for-profit college rules

The Trump administration plans to roll back another major Obama-era rule that was created to police the for-profit college industry, according to a proposal issued by the Education Department on Friday. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in her proposal that the gainful employment regulation should be scrapped entirely, arguing that it wasn’t backed up by … Continue reading DeVos proposes another rollback on for-profit college rules

WASHINGTON | Court: Gov’t violated privacy law for defrauded students

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has ruled that the Education Department violated privacy laws with regard to students defrauded by the Corinthian for-profit college chain. In a break with Obama administration policy, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced in December that some students cheated by the now-defunct schools would only get a part of their … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Court: Gov’t violated privacy law for defrauded students