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DeVos sued for allegedly failing to comply with judge’s order to cancel student debt

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was sued Tuesday for allegedly failing to cancel student debt for people whose for-profit colleges have shut down.

Last month a court ruled that the Obama-era debt regulations had to be implemented after more than a year of delays by DeVos.

DeVos released a statement in October saying that the department would no longer be seeking to delay the rule.

{mosads}However, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA), a California legal service group, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Education Department is still collecting loans that it should have discharged.

The president of the National Student Legal Defense Network, a group helping represent HERA, said in a statement released Tuesday that delays are hurting thousands of students.

“Under current leadership, the Department of Education seems determined to deny student borrowers the financial relief to which they are entitled,” said Aaron Ament.

“It has been nearly two years since these rules should have taken effect, and Secretary DeVos is still dragging her feet and hurting tens of thousands of borrowers through her inaction. The students we are trying to help have been doubly victimized — first by the for-profit colleges that deceived them, and now by the federal government that refuses to help.”

The so-called borrower defense rule would require schools to put up a large sum of money each time a lawsuit is filed against it to protect taxpayers, should the institution fail.

A representative from the Department of Education did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.

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