Ranking Member Scott: DeVos Regulatory Agenda is an Ominous Sign for Students and Taxpayers

WASHINGTON – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education announced plans to form a negotiated rulemaking committee to rewrite rules regarding accountability in higher education.

“The regulatory agenda announced today by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is an ominous sign for students and taxpayers. The current rules governing oversight and accountability in higher education reflect the responsibility and intent of Congress to create a system in which student and taxpayer dollars are spent on quality programs that prepare students for success. By initiating a process to weaken or eliminate those rules, Secretary DeVos is attempting to rewrite the Higher Education Act (HEA) in a way that undermines the quality of our higher education system and increases the opportunities for predatory institutions to profit by exploiting student financial aid.

“The Trump administration’s repeated efforts to weaken consumer protections for students – including its most recent action to dramatically limit support for students defrauded by a for-profit institution by rewriting the Borrower Defense rule – is a call to action for Congress to reaffirm and strengthen its commitment to protecting students and taxpayers from waste, fraud, and abuse.  Democrats are answering that call.

“Last week, Democrats on the Education and the Workforce Committee introduced the Aim Higher Act, a comprehensive HEA reauthorization that strengthens accountability and rewards quality in higher education. We will continue to push our vision for a higher education system that provides every student access to an affordable education that leads to a rewarding career.”



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