Durbin Report: We're Beginning to See Whose Side Secretary DeVos Is Really On

The Durbin Report
2017-04-28 16:57:55
The Durbin Report: A message from Senator Richard J. Durbin <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenDurbin/Website_head er_3.png> Fellow Illinoisan, 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 students? 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. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15289.12719553.9230536.7246002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww youtube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dFBScNLppxE8%26feature%3dyoutu.be&redir_log=39 1156526958444> These aren't the only examples of the Trump Administration's willingness to put profits before people when it comes to higher education. 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. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15289.12719553.9230536.7246002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww youtube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dFBScNLppxE8%26feature%3dyoutu.be&redir_log=39 1156526958444> Sincerely, Dick Durbin United States Senator

Fellow Illinoisan,

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 students?

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 education. 

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. 

Sincerely, 

Dick Durbin
United States Senator




 

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