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New Marching Orders for Civil Rights Probes | Politico

The Trump administration sent the clearest signal yet that it will take a different approach on Title IX enforcement when it issued a memo this month telling civil rights investigators to investigate only specific allegations in complaints — rather than take the systemic approach favored by the Obama administration.

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Former For-Profit Students Intervene in Borrower-Defense Lawsuit | Inside Higher ED

Two former students of an Education Management Corporation-owned for-profit college have filed suit to intervene as defendants in a lawsuit challenging borrower-defense regulations. The Department of Education cited the lawsuit, which was brought by an association of California for-profit colleges, in announcing a delay of the borrower-defense rule this week.

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Betsy DeVos Is Halting Protections For For-Profit College Students | BuzzFeed

In federal filings, the Education Department said it would renegotiate the federal “gainful employment” rule, which stops government money from flowing to for-profit colleges whose students take on too much debt, but earn little after they graduate. Years in the making — it went into effect in 2015 after surviving two lengthy court battles with the for-profit college industry — the regulation is arguably the most significant piece of President Obama’s higher education legacy.

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Betsy DeVos Delays 2 Obama-Era Rules Designed to Protect Students from Predatory For-Profit Colleges | The Washington Post

The Trump administration is suspending two key rules from the Obama administration that were intended to protect students from predatory for-profit colleges, saying it will soon start the process to write its own regulations.

The move made Wednesday by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was a victory for Republican lawmakers and for-profit colleges that had lobbied against the rules. Critics denounced it, accusing the administration of essentially selling out students to help for-profit colleges stay in business.

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18 States Sue Betsy DeVos Over Student Loan Protections | The New York Times

Democratic attorneys general from 18 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Education Department and its secretary, Betsy DeVos, challenging the department’s move last month to freeze new rules for erasing the federal loan debt of student borrowers who were cheated by colleges that acted fraudulently.

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Fighting Back Against For-Profit Universities | Boston Globe

When Stephano Del Rose enrolled in the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, he had bold dreams of a future in Web design and filmmaking. Lured by promises of cutting-edge digital equipment, internships, and industry connections, Del Rose, now 25, quickly signed on. But his enrollment contract instead led to a world of broken promises, heavy debt, and limited legal options.

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In EDMC Sale, Ties to For-Profit Education to Face Scrutiny | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Last year, an “extremely enthusiastic” charitable nonprofit foundation based in India approached Education Management Corp. with an offer.

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Law School Group Sues Federal Government | The Harvard Crimson

Harvard Law School’s Project on Predatory Student Lending has sued the federal government in an effort to access documents from the Education Management Corporation, an operator of for-profit colleges that settled a case with the U.S. Department of Justice in November 2015.

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Fear of the Future: DREAMers and Trump’s Immigration Guidance | Politico

The two immigration guidance memos released by the Trump administration on Tuesday give federal officials the latitude to potentially deport millions of immigrants, but the crackdown left in place an Obama-era policy that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

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Harvard Law Project Sues Justice Department Over For-Profit Schools Data | Pittsburgh Business Times

A clinic at Harvard Law School is suing the U.S. Department of Justice for withholding documents that may help students of for-profit colleges get federal education loans canceled, and it stems from a 2015 settlement between the DOJ and Pittsburgh-based Education Management Corp., according to the Washington Post.

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