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DeVos repealed the rule saying it discriminated against programs because of their tax status.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.”