Education Politics and Policy
DeVos threatened with subpoena by House oversight panel – Politico
House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney on Monday threatened Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with a subpoena, saying DeVos’ office “stonewalled and delayed” when the committee tried to confirm a date for her testimony.
Warren’s Comments on Choosing Next Secretary Cause Stir – Inside Higher Ed
Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren caused a stir during a campaign event in Iowa last week when she appeared to say that she’d move ahead with her choice for education secretary only if approved by a transgender youth she had met.
ICYMI: Judge Upholds Obama-Era Ban on Colleges Using Mandatory Arbitration Agreements – Politico
A federal judge upheld an Obama-era policy that largely bans colleges from using mandatory arbitration agreements — even as DeVos’ repeal of that rule is set to take effect in several months.
CFPB, Education Dept. Agree on Regulating Loan – Inside Higher Ed
Two years after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos ended the Education Department’s relationship with one of its main regulators, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the two agencies on Monday announced the signing of a new agreement on how they will work together.
U.S. Department of Education, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Better Serve Student Loan Borrowers
Under the newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the agencies will share complaint information from borrowers and meet quarterly to discuss observations about the nature of complaints received, characteristics of borrowers, and available information about resolution of complaints.
Financial Aid/Student Loan Issues
Scott, Trahan Seek Explanation for Education Department’s Scheme to Deny Full Debt Relief for Thousands of Defrauded Borrowers
Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) and Representative Lori Trahan (MA-03) sent a letter to Education Department Secretary Betsy DeVos requesting documents and further information regarding the Department’s deeply flawed partial relief formula and the Department’s efforts to alter the formula.
Student Loan Relief for Disabled Vets – Inside Higher Ed
The Trump administration is forgiving loans for disabled U.S. military veterans. But consumer groups say loans should be discharged for all who are too disabled to work.
N.J. man who led $3M college tuition bribery scheme sentenced to federal prison – NJ.com
A New Jersey man who took money from Delaware State University students to create phony residency documents that allowed them to get in-state tuition has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in federal prison.
College Initiatives For 2020, Part III: The Certificate-First Curriculum – Forbes
A pioneer of the upside-down curriculum is Champlain College (Burlington, Vermont), which has offered the option for several years. Champlain undergraduates can take as many as six classes in their majors during their first year.
Universal Technical Institute to Expand Welding Technology Program to Additional Campuses
Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) has announced the expansion of its successful Welding Technology program to two additional campuses.