Dem lawmakers: DeVos’s first year a boon for ‘shady’ operations

Dem lawmakers: DeVos’s first year a boon for ‘shady’ operations
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A new report issued by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren battles Carson: Housing discrimination 'the scandal that should get you fired' Overnight Regulation: Omnibus includes deal on tip-pooling rule | Groups sue over rules for organic livestock | AT&T, DOJ make opening arguments in merger trial Warren presses Mulvaney, Azar on tip pooling MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkDeVos battles lawmakers in contentious hearing Betsy Devos: School safety commission to consist of four Cabinet secretaries, no Democrats Overnight Regulation: White House says Trump still opposes elephant trophies despite new policy | SEC wants crypto exchanges to register | GOP senator offers net neutrality bill | Biofuel pushes Trump to preserve ethanol mandate MORE (D-Mass.) accuses Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosCongress rebuffs DeVos in spending bill: report DeVos battles lawmakers in contentious hearing The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE of bolstering "shady" for-profit colleges and student loan companies during her first year in office.

The review, part of Warren's "DeVos Watch" initiative, blasts the Education secretary for rolling back "relief for students who were ripped off by shady for-profit colleges" and exposing student loan borrowers to "high collection fees."

"Betsy DeVos is the worst Secretary of Education this country has ever seen — by a large margin," Warren said in a statement.


"Secretary DeVos has spent her first year bending over backwards to allow students to be cheated, taking an ax to public education, and undermining the civil rights of students across the country. Secretary DeVos has failed in her job and she must be held accountable," she said.

The review rips DeVos for alleged conflicts of interest stemming from her past financial support for private and charter schools and school-choice advocates, and accuses her of failing to properly disclose such support.

"She has rolled back relief for students who were ripped off by shady for-profit colleges; she has exposed struggling loan borrowers to high collection fees; she has delayed rules ensuring that colleges that take federal student loan dollars are held accountable for student outcomes; and she has weakened oversight of predatory for-profit colleges while allowing bad actors to continue receiving federal student aid dollars," the report reads.

The report also decries efforts by DeVos to roll back civil rights protections, pointing to efforts that the senators say weaken protections for transgender students and victims of sexual assault. 

One of DeVos's more controversial regulatory rollbacks as Education secretary was her decision to rescind Obama-era Title IX guidance for investigating sexual assault on college campuses. 

Critics have said the interim guidance issued in place of the previous policy discourages victims from reporting sexual assault. But DeVos has said her goal was instead to create a fair process for both victims and the accused.