DeVos to re-evaluate funding applications rejected for formatting errors

DeVos to re-evaluate funding applications rejected for formatting errors
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Formatting issues led to the rejection of nearly a hundred funding applications that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Bush memorial service in Houston | House passes two-week spending measure | Markets drop after Chinese executive's arrest The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Congress to act soon to avoid shutdown Yes, student loans really are making millennials go broke MORE said will now be reviewed despite mistakes like double-spacing. DeVos said her department will re-evaluate those applications that were rejected by the system, The Associated Press reported.

“When we found out about the issue with regard to the formatting errors, it was after the competition was closed,” DeVos reportedly told a House subcommittee when asked about applications by programs that help low-income students prepare for college.

“We looked at all viable legal remedies to try to address it and did not find any.”

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However, the Department of Education will be able to re-evaluate the applications now that Congress has appropriated another $50 million toward the program.

Congressional staff in Rep. Warren DavidsonWarren Earl DavidsonFractious GOP vows to unify in House minority Three Republicans battle to succeed Meadows at House Freedom Caucus House Republicans set to elect similar team of leaders despite midterm thumping MORE’s (R-Ohio) office wrote a memo detailing how the appropriated money could allow the Department of Education to re-evaluate the 77 rejected applications.

“Today is a victory for commonsense government,” said Davidson in a statement reported by the AP. “I am glad they are taking my recommendation and will give these schools an opportunity to be judged on their merits.”