Teachers’ Union Sues DeVos Over Gainful Employment

  • Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is being sued in a California federal court by advocacy group Student Defense, on behalf of the American Federation of Teachers. They are seeking restoration of a rule targeting for-profit colleges.
  • Under the 2014 rule, mostly for-profit programs faced the loss of federal student aid if graduates accumulated substantially more debt than they earned in the jobs they got.
  • DeVos repealed the rule saying it discriminated against programs because of their tax status. Advocacy groups argued the repeal removed protections for students against for-profit schools with low quality education.
  • The law suit claims the department made a number of legal errors in repealing the rule.A department spokeswoman said the “department will vigorously defend its final regulation rescinding this deeply flawed rule.”