18 States Sue Betsy DeVos Over New Student Loan Rules


18 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Education Department and Betsey DeVos arguing the department’s move last month to freeze new rules for erasing the federal loan debt of student borrowers who were cheated by colleges that acted fraudulently.

The rules, finalized in October by the Obama administration after years of negotiation and review, were scheduled to take effect on July 1. President Trump had other plans and DeVos put a hold on the planned changes.

The attorneys general for California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, all Democrats, also signed onto Thursday’s lawsuit.

The lawsuit calls the delay a “mere pretext” for repealing and replacing rules that had already been finalized and is seeking to have the rules restored.

“Since day one, Secretary DeVos has sided with for-profit school executives against students and families drowning in unaffordable student loans,” said Maura Healey, the Massachusetts attorney general, who led the multistate coalition. “Her decision to cancel vital protections for students and taxpayers is a betrayal of her office’s responsibility and a violation of federal law.”

The Education Department has declined to issue a statement regarding the lawsuit.

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