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U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss sided with Meaghan Bauer, Stephano Del Rose and a coalition of 19 states and the District of Columbia in their lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The lawsuit challenged the U.S. Department of Education’s plan to abandon federal protection for students cheated by predatory, for-profit schools. The court’s opinion ruled DeVos’ actions unlawful and ordered a hearing to determine how to remedy the issues. Following the collapse of for-profit Corinthian College, the Obama Administration finalized the Borrower Defense and the Gainful Employment regulations after negotiating the terms for nearly two years.

This year, Secretary DeVos announced that the Education Department would start over again with a rule-making process aimed at creating a new version of the rule. Since then, the department has delayed action on key provisions of the Obama Administration regulation, including disclosures to students. Secretary DeVos declared the department’s plan to reevaluate the rule and, shortly thereafter, to rewrite it. More than 130,000 borrowers have applied for debt forgiveness since 2015, a majority of whom attended for-profit colleges. 

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