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Judge: By Resigning, DeVos Opens Door to Deposition on Student Debt Relief | Courthouse News Service

As a cabinet official, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was virtually immune to demands that she be grilled about long delays and mass denials of student debt relief claims in a pending lawsuit. When she resigned from office last week, that changed.

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2020: The Year Students Were Heard | Blog

2020 has been a year like no other. Despite the pandemic, we’re closing out the year with significant wins for defrauded student borrowers and optimism for our clients under a new Biden-Harris administration. Here’s a recap of our progress over the last year, as we look forward to 2021.   Student borrowers spoke out and…

Betsy DeVos Stalled Obama’s Student Loan Relief Program. Borrowers Hope Biden Will Fix It | CNN

Just before President Barack Obama left office, he made it easier for students defrauded by for-profit colleges to apply for the federal debt relief they had long been entitled to. But the Trump administration, which disagrees with the policy, allowed a massive backlog of more than 200,000 claims to pile up — leaving some borrowers waiting throughout the entire administration to hear whether they’ll get a break.

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Student Loan Cancellation Sets Up Clash Between Biden and the Left | New York Times

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is facing pressure from congressional Democrats to cancel student loan debt on a vast scale, quickly and by executive action, a campaign that will be one of the first tests of his relationship with the liberal wing of his party.

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In Victory For Borrowers, DeVos Agrees To Stop Issuing Mass Denials Of Loan Forgiveness Applications | Forbes

Student loan borrowers scored a victory in court this week against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, as litigation continues over mass denials of student loan forgiveness applications. The case, Sweet v. DeVos, concerns the troubled Borrower Defense to Repayment program.

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Judge Orders That Department of Education Cannot Resume Issuing Borrower Defense Denials Without Notifying Court and Borrowers | Press Release

A federal judge has ordered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the U.S Department of Education to notify the court two weeks before it denies any more borrower defense claims from student loan borrowers cheated by their school.

Update | Department of Education Stops Borrower Defense Denials; Reinstates Forbearance

The Department of Education has decided to stop issuing blanket denials of borrower defense to repayment applications, according to a recent filing in Sweet v. DeVos. It also said it was putting all borrowers who received blanket denials back into administrative forbearance. The court recently denied the settlement agreement and ordered the Department of Education…

The Legacy Of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos | NPR

What to make of the tenure of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos depends, like Beauty itself, on the eye of the beholder. To the president who asked her to run the Department of Education, she was a loyal lieutenant who argued for her department’s irrelevance in a nation where control of schools is a local affair — that is, until she argued the opposite, at the president’s urging, and threatened schools with a loss of federal funding if they refused to reopen mid-pandemic.

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Four Years of the Trump Administration in Court. One Word Stuck in My Head. | The New York Times

During four years struggling to keep up with the flood of court cases challenging the refusal by various Trump administration officials to follow the law, a word ​has come to mind so often that I can’t shake it. It’s the word “mean.​” There’s a meanness to the ​man and to the policies issued from the sycophantic bubble that passes for his administration.

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“Disturbingly Kafkaesque”: Judge Rips Betsy DeVos for Denying 94% of Student Debt Forgiveness Claims | Salon

Arguing that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had undermined the agreement, a federal judge on Tuesday denied approval for a class action settlement over the Trump administration’s handling of a student debt forgiveness program. U.S. District Judge William Alsup said DeVos had subverted the agreement by rejecting tens of thousands of applications from defrauded students without adequate explanation, Politico first reported.

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