RI Attorney General Joins Suit Against US Education Secretary

Jul 7, 2017

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joined 19 other attorneys general this week, in suing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for suspending Obama-era rules protecting students from for-profit colleges.

The rules were set to go into effect at the start of July. They were crafted following the collapse of several major for-profit college companies, which left some student with no degree and high student-debt.

The Borrower Defense Rule limits the ability of for-profit colleges from asking students to waive their right to sue in case of school misconduct.

Another holds for-profits accountable for federal loans channeled to their institutions. Devos announced her intent to delay and rewrite the rules in June.

“It should come as no surprise that this Administration would rescind such an important protection for students considering the actions of the President’s own Trump University,” Rhode Island Attorney General Kilmartin said in a statement.

In the suit, the attorneys general say the Education Department delayed the rules without public input. Elizabeth Hill, a spokeswoman for the Education Department, said the suit brought by the attorneys general was “ideologically driven.”