Tag: DeVos, Elizabeth (1958- )

Cheating Scandals, Charters and Falling Test Scores: 5 Takeaways From the Year in Education

There was no shortage of news about American education in 2019. Presidential candidates debated school segregation, college costs and charter schools. Federal courts considered the future of college admissions and sentenced wealthy parents to prison for cheating on behalf of their children. Here are five of the biggest education stories of the year — and […]

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New Kind of Student Loan Gains Major Support. Is There a Downside?

Q: When is a student loan not a student loan? A: When it’s an “income-share agreement,” a new financial instrument being promoted by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. With total outstanding student loan balances at $1.6 trillion and rising, politicians are looking for solutions. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have proposed forgiving much or all […]

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DeVos Tries Again to Cut Debt Relief for Students Who Were Misled

Thousands of students who took out federal loans to attend schools that lured them with fraudulent claims will still have to repay a portion of their debts, the Education Department said Tuesday — a new attempt to water down a loan-forgiveness program that the department’s leader has long deplored. The change creates a complicated sliding […]

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DeVos Proposes New Agency, Run by Someone Else, for Student Loans

RENO, Nev. — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has frequently been the target of angry borrowers who say her department does a bad job managing the student loans of tens of millions of people. On Tuesday, she said the government’s $1.5 trillion student loan portfolio should be someone else’s problem. Calling student loan financing an “untamed […]

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Why We’re Impeaching Our Student Body President Over Trump Jr.

On Oct. 10, Donald Trump Jr. and the former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle gave a speech at the University of Florida for $50,000 at the invitation of our student body president, Michael Murphy. Students protested, and normally that would have been the end of the story. Instead, last week, a group of other student […]

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The Worst Trump Cabinet Member? You Picked a Real Winner

The results are in, people, and it’s a landslide. Your choice for Worst Trump Cabinet Member is … Attorney General William Barr! Barr was cited for multiple non-achievements. There was his misrepresentation of the findings of the Mueller report. And the decision to respond to Robert Mueller’s warning about Russian intervention in American elections by […]

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Reading Scores on National Exam Decline in Half the States

WASHINGTON — The average eighth-grade reading score on a nationally representative test declined among public school students in more than half of the states, according to data released Wednesday by the National Center for Education Statistics, the research arm of the Education Department. The dismal results were part of the release of the National Assessment […]

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Betsy DeVos Is Held in Contempt Over Judge’s Order on Loan Collection

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Thursday fined Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for contempt of court, ruling that she had violated an order to stop collecting on loans owed by students from a now-defunct for-profit chain of colleges. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim of the Federal District Court in San Francisco ordered the Education Department to […]

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Pick Trump’s Worst Cabinet Member

Time to vote for the Worst Trump Cabinet Member. Not Rudy Giuliani! He’s Personal Lawyer. And Best Friend. And, yeah, Raving Maniac. But we’re going to stick to people who are running the federal government. At least in theory. One top contender has to be Attorney General William Barr. When Americans make a list of […]

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Making America Worse

On the campaign trail in 2015, Donald Trump said it was “disgusting” that a big corporation could escape taxation by using bookkeeping tricks to shift profits out of the United States. Now the Trump administration is thinking about making it easier to play those tricks. Bloomberg reported this week that the Treasury Department, in a […]

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With New Investigation at Duke and U.N.C., Feds Hunt Anti-Israel Bias in Higher Education

WASHINGTON — The Education Department has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the Middle East Studies program run jointly by the two schools after concluding that it was offering students a biased curriculum that, among other complaints, did not present enough “positive” imagery of Judaism and Christianity […]

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Education Department Hits Michigan State With Record Fine Over Nassar Scandal

WASHINGTON — Michigan State University will pay a record $4.5 million fine for failing to protect students from sexual abuse following a sweeping investigation into the university’s response to allegations against a former team doctor and convicted sex criminal, Lawrence G. Nassar, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Thursday. The fine is part of a settlement […]

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DeVos Toughens Rules for Student Borrowers Bilked by Colleges

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday significantly tightened Obama-era rules for student borrowers who say their schools defrauded them, imposing a deadline on claims and eliminating a requirement that the department automatically wipe away the loans of some students whose schools closed while they were enrolled. The new rules apply to federal student loans made […]

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Trump Orders Student Loan Forgiveness for Disabled Veterans

President Trump signed a measure on Wednesday that seeks to remove the bureaucratic barriers for permanently disabled veterans to qualify for student loan forgiveness, which he said would save 25,000 wounded warriors an average of $30,000. The rollout of the executive action came during the American Veterans national convention in Louisville, Ky., where Mr. Trump […]

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Gay and Transgender Rights Cases Stall Under DeVos, Report Finds

WASHINGTON — Students who said they were discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity were significantly less likely to get any relief from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights under the Trump administration than they were under the Obama administration, according to a report released Monday. The report, released by the […]

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Education Department Had Hand in College Chain’s Collapse, Documents Show

WASHINGTON — Dream Center Education Holdings, a subsidiary of a Los Angeles-based megachurch, had no experience in higher education when it petitioned the federal Education Department to let it take over a troubled chain of for-profit trade schools. But the organization’s chairman, Randall K. Barton, told the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, that the foundation wanted […]

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She Left the Education Dept. for Groups It Curbed. Now She’s Back, With Plans.

WASHINGTON — Depending on whom you ask, Diane Auer Jones has returned to the Education Department with either a mission or a vengeance. A little more than a decade ago she resigned as an assistant secretary for postsecondary education in the George W. Bush administration, after protesting the department’s treatment of an accreditor that oversaw […]

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Biggest Offender in Outsize Debt: Graduate Schools

The signs are hard to miss in downtown San Francisco: two stylized A’s inside a red circle, symbolizing the Academy of Art University. The for-profit school occupies more than 40 buildings throughout the city and has made its family owners very rich. Where does the Academy of Art’s money come from? About $100 million per […]

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