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ICYMI: Secretary DeVos Puts Students First

- June 17, 2017

DeVos’s Gainful Redeployment
Wall Street Journal
Editorial Board 
June 16, 2017
 

"Liberals are howling that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has pulled back the Obama Administration’s gainful employment and borrower defense rules … But the rules did far more to ensure gainful employment for lawyers and government than they helped students.


"After a federal judge in 2012 tossed the … first gainful employment rule, vindictive department officials imposed more draconian regulations that cut off federal aid to vocational programs …

"Many public and nonprofit colleges that educate large numbers of low-income students could have failed under the rule …

"Then there’s the borrower defense rule, which would have enabled borrowers to discharge their loans if they claimed that their college had duped them … Colleges could have been hit to pay for discharged loans …

"While the rule technically applied to all colleges, department officials would have had enormous discretion. While bureaucrats might let, say, NYU off the hook for misrepresenting graduate outcomes, DeVry University probably wouldn’t be as lucky …

"One irony is that many more students might be gainfully employed today if the Obama Administration hadn’t spent so much energy pursuing an ideological crusade against for-profits … Once upon a time, liberals believed in equality under the law."

 

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