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AP: Education Dept. Will Stop Delaying For-Profit School Regulation

The regulation aims to keep for-profit schools from putting students into debt without improving their job prospects.
Posted at 2:56 PM, Oct 13, 2018

The Education Department announced Friday it will stop putting off the implementation of an Obama-era regulation aimed at holding poor performing for-profit colleges more accountable. That's according to The Associated Press

The Gainful Employment regulation aimed to keep for-profit schools from saddling students with debt without providing an education that would improve their job prospects.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delayed the regulation's start date, but a federal court ruled last month her decision was unlawful and the policy should go into effect. The department's deadline to respond was next Tuesday.

A spokesperson told The Associated Press that DeVos "respects the role of the court and will defer to its judgment in whether parts of the 2016 rule will go into effect." The spokesperson also said parts of the regulation "are bad policy." DeVos is reportedly drafting a new policy she considers more balanced and efficient.

It's now up to a federal judge whether the whole regulation or just parts of it will go into effect Tuesday.