Attorneys General from 18 states and Washington D.C. are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for delaying Obama-era regulations intended to protect student loan borrowers.
According to Politico, which broke the story on Thursday, the federal lawsuit is being led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
President Trump and Betsy DeVos have betrayed students and families across the U.S.
I’m going to sue them. https://t.co/yU2xgbWqzb
— Maura Healey (@MassAGO) June 14, 2017
“Since day one, Secretary DeVos has sided with for-profit school executives against students and families drowning in unaffordable student loans,” Healey said in a statement. “Her decision to cancel vital protections for students and taxpayers is a betrayal of her office’s responsibility and a violation of federal law.”
Healey and the 18 other Democratic Attorney Generals allege that the Department of Education was in violation of federal law when it walked back “borrower defense to repayment” rules that make it easier for borrowers who have been defrauded by their schools to enter debt forgiveness programs. The rules discourage predatory lending practices by establishing transparent processes to file claims.
States suing Betsy DeVos over for-profit college rules:
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) July 6, 2017
The rules, which were finalized in November 2016, were set to take effect on July 1, but were delayed by the Trump administration last month based on a lawsuit filed by an organization that represents for-profit schools.
In June, DeVos said the rules would be revised, citing a “muddled process” leading to their creation.
DeVos has not yet commented on the complaint, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. Trump’s Education Secretary has a history of supporting controversial education approaches, like school choice and vouchers that would allow students to attend private schools on public funding.
Healey has made strides in combating fraud in education and predatory for-profit education schools, having recently won a suit in Massachusetts against DeVry University for its fraudulent job placement rates.