The Durbin Report: A message from Senator Richard J. Durbin
During the Senate's consideration of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of
Education, I posed a basic question: As Secretary, would she side with
corporate and other for-profit interests or would she side with
I was concerned then that her record indicated she would side with
corporate interests intent on profiting off of students�and often
exploiting or misleading them to do so. Months into the job, we're
beginning to see whose side Secretary DeVos is really on.
Last month, the Department of Education announced it would delay the
implementation of the Gainful Employment rule, which requires career
training programs to provide students with a reasonable return on their
educational investment�good-paying jobs that allow them to repay their
student loans. This delay threatens to put more students at risk of
being harmed and more taxpayer dollars at risk of being wasted.
When for-profit colleges, like Corinthian and ITT Tech, collapse under
the weight of their own wrongdoing, defrauded students should not be
the ones left holding the bag. Unfortunately, under President Trump and
Secretary DeVos, that's exactly what is happening. The Administration
has dramatically slowed�if not stopped�processing applications from
tens of thousands of students seeking to have their federal student
loans discharged after being defrauded by for-profit colleges.
These aren't the only examples of the Trump Administration's
willingness to put profits before people when it comes to higher
This week, I joined more than 130 members of Congress urging Secretary
DeVos to reverse her decision to rollback consumer protections
established by the Obama Administration to protect student loan
borrowers. Without these protections, borrowers at risk of default
could remain unaware of their payment options and find themselves
cheated out of thousands of their hard-earned dollars.
The Department of Education has the power to protect students and bring
some much-needed accountability to the student loan servicing and
for-profit industries. But President Trump and Secretary DeVos have
already demonstrated they're ready to look the other way.
United States Senator