Betsy DeVos Picked A Student Loan CEO To Run The Student Loan System

Betsy DeVos Picked A Student Loan CEO To Run The Student Loan System

When the Trump administration announced its pick to run the $1.3 trillion federal student loan system on Tuesday, there was one notable thing about the candidate that wasn’t mentioned in the press release: He’s the CEO of a private student loan company. The Education Department’s statement described A. Wayne Johnson as the “Founder, Chairman and former CEO” of a payments technology company called First Performance Corporation. It noted his PhD in education leadership, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, citing his dissertation, said he “actually wrote the book on student loan…

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Why Betsy DeVos Will Rewrite These Student Loan Forgiveness Rules

Why Betsy DeVos Will Rewrite These Student Loan Forgiveness Rules

The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it will rewrite two Obama-era rules intended to protect student loan borrowers. The U.S. Department of Education said new committees will be formed to rewrite rules for Borrower Defense To Repaying and Gainful Employment. Here’s what you need to know. What Is Borrower Defense To Repaying? Borrower Defense To Repaying allows students to have their federal student loans forgiven if a school employed illegal or deceptive practices to encourage the students to borrow debt to attend the school. This rule was scheduled to become…

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Conservative group urges Betsy DeVos to dismantle federal education department

Conservative group urges Betsy DeVos to dismantle federal education department

We’re still awaiting details on new U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ plans for the nation’s public schools, but a report from The Washington Post this week is sure to fire up public education advocates already anxious about the new secretary. According to the Post‘s Emma Brown, a conservative policy organization with deep ties to DeVos and President Trump’s administration is pushing the pair for some big changes in how the nation administers public schools. From the Post: A policy manifesto from an influential conservative group with ties to the Trump administration,…

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Betsy DeVos signals she may be open to changes to loan forgiveness program for public servants

Betsy DeVos signals she may be open to changes to loan forgiveness program for public servants

The future of an already-embattled loan forgiveness program geared toward public servants could be in jeopardy under President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. DeVos didn’t commit to defending the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF) in written answers to questions asked by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), published this week. When asked by Murray whether she would protect the program to ensure “thousands of students enrolled in the program can obtain the debt relief they were promised” and “actively oppose any efforts to undermine” the program, DeVos responded…

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Betsy DeVos and God’s Plan for Schools

Betsy DeVos and God’s Plan for Schools

BOSTON — At the rightmost edge of the Christian conservative movement, there are those who dream of turning the United States into a Christian republic subject to “biblical laws.” In the unlikely figure of Donald J. Trump, they hope to have found their greatest champion yet. He wasn’t “our preferred candidate,” the Christian nationalist David Barton said in June, but he could be “God’s candidate.” Consider the president-elect’s first move on public education. Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the nation, says that…

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