Attorney General Janet Mills along with nineteen other state attorney’s general won a victory in federal court against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after challenging the US Department of Education’s plans to abandon federal protections for students cheated by predatory, for-profit schools. The opinion called Secretary De Vos’ actions unlawful and wanted an immediate hearing in Washington, D.C. to determine remedies.
The decision filed recently in the US District Court in Washington, D.C. is the result of a multiple lawsuit led by Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and joined by 19 other state attorney’s general, alleging that the US Department of Education violated federal law by abruptly rescinding its Borrower Defense Rule which was designed to hold abusive higher education institutions accountable for cheating taxpayers out of billions of dollars in federal loans.
“This decision is a significant victory for Maine students and those of us seeking to protect them from being victimized by for-profit schools,” said AG Mills. “Today, the law stands with students against the predatory practices of these for-profit schools and who falsely and deceptively promise employment and high wages. Now is the time to give these students and their families the relief they’ve been waiting for and the fair shot they deserve.”
AG Janet Mills is running as the Democratic nominee for Governor of Maine this November.