Betsy DeVos has been busy undoing all the good Obama has done when it comes to education but 18 states and Washington, D.C have decided to sue DeVos on Thursday after she delayed Obama’s previous rule to protect student borrowers.
The Borrowers Defense to Repayment was a rule created in 2016 that was set to take place July 1st but Betsy announced in June that she was going to stop it. Instead she said she and her committee would review the rules to improve upon them and make them “better.”
Obama’s rule would have made the federal loan forgiveness process clear for students who were defrauded or mislead by their colleges. The rule also banned schools from forcing students to sign mandatory arbitration agreements that waived their rights to go to court.
According to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, she stated the move to delay the Borrowers Defense is a “is a betrayal of her office’s responsibility and a violation of federal law.” She also accused Devos of “siding with for-profit school executives against students and families drowning in unaffordable student loans.”
The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in D.C., asks the court to declare the delay unlawful and order that the Borrower Defense rule be implemented. Attorneys general in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia joined Massachusetts’ Healey in filing the complaint Thursday.