Who would have thought that a President who ran a shady for-profit college would run an administration that protects shady for-profit colleges?
It’s hard to take Donald Trump’s cabinet choices seriously. Do the cabinet appointees themselves take their roles seriously? For some reason I always picture Scott Pruitt introducing himself in a “dumb” voice—as if, as a longtime opponent of green regulation, he can only say his title out loud if he sounds sarcastic, like “I’m head of the EnViRoNmEnTaL PrOtEcTiOn AgEnCy.”
It makes a lot more sense. The same is especially true for the Secretary of Education… Sorry, I mean the SeCreTaRy Of EdUcAtIoN Betsy DeVos. DeVos has already takensteps to make sure paying back your loans is as painful and difficult as humanly possible, but she wasn’t happy to stop there. No, according to CNN, Betsy DeVos’s department of education has suspended two rules put in place by the Obama administration that had pretty simple goals: The first compelled for-profit colleges to show their degrees actually lead to employment. The second provided debt relief for students who were defrauded or misled by for-profit institutions.
These are as common sense as common sense gets! I mean, who’s on the other side of this one? Who would ever want to make sure that for-profit colleges aren’t held accountable? Oh, that’s right, anyone who defrauds students with a shady “college.” You know, like the one a certain President of the United States was sued for running? DeVos defended the decision saying that the rules didn’t “get it right.” The department did say that they would keep their promise to forgive the debt of the students whose claims are already in process, which is, I believe, the legal definition of “the least you can do.” At this point it’s becoming almost comical how anti-student the department of Education has become. I say “almost” because it’s also a humiliating disaster for our nation. It’s only a matter of time before they decide to allow universities to claim your first born in exchange for an Associate’s Degree. Or, as I’m sure Ms. DeVos calls it, a “What’s that? Should I know what that is?”