President Trump has openly mused about cutting the Department of Education. He may limit (or end) a federal role in protecting students’ civil rights, regulating for-profit institutions, fostering public education, and overseeing uniform curricular standards.

Versus Trump: Versus DeVos (Interview with Toby Merrill)

8/3/17  //  Uncategorized

On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Jason has an interview with Toby Merrill, the director of the Project on Predatory Student Lending at Harvard Law School, about several lawsuits she's involved with against newly-confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Listen now!

Updates | The Week of July 17, 2017

7/23/17  //  Daily Update

Education Secretary Betsy Devos announced her intention to return the Department of Educations's Office of Civil Rights to "neutrality."

Updates | The Week of July 3, 2017

7/9/17  //  Daily Update

States are challenging the administration's delay of regulations of for-profit schools.

The Department of Education’s Troubling Opacity on Sexual Harassment

6/28/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Alexandra Brodsky on how the Department of Education has retreated from civil rights enforcement and hid behind unlawful opacity.

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Updates | The Week of June 19, 2017

6/25/17  //  Daily Update

Department of Education announces it will postpone the Obama-era "borrower defense" final rule.

Updates | The Week of June 12, 2017

6/18/17  //  Daily Update

The Department of Education rescinded Obama-era rules designed to expand a system for erasing federal loan debt of students defrauded by for-profit colleges.

Updates | The Week of June 5, 2017

6/11/17  //  Daily Update

Senators called upon Education Secretary DeVos to explain the proposed budget for the Department of Education.

An Update on How to Easily Resolve the Gavin Grimm Case Concerning Title IX and Restroom Access

5/17/17  //  Commentary

With briefing almost completed in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, it’s good to remember the way in which the case can be resolved on straightforward statutory grounds without deciding whether Title IX prohibits discrimination against transgender persons, as such.

Marty Lederman

Georgetown Law

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Samuel Bagenstos

University of Michigan Law School

Leah Litman

U.C. Irvine School of Law

Ten Minutes of History on: The Constitutionality of Funding HBCUs

5/12/17  //  Commentary

President Donald Trump is known for changing his political views after a ten-minute history lesson. In this continuing feature, I encourage the president to take a few minutes to learn about the historical background of things he says. This first edition, on his signing statement regarding HBCUs, concerns one of his favorite historical topics: A nineteenth-century general who saw the Civil War coming, was angry, and did something about it.

Nikolas Bowie

Harvard Law School

Schools Failing Students with Disabilities - Still

5/11/17  //  Commentary

Higher graduation rates nationwide have left students with disabilities even further behind.

"School Choice" May Leave Students with Disabilities No Choice

4/17/17  //  Commentary

Privatization and decentralization of public education will return the U.S. to the days when students with disabilities were out-of-sight and out-of-mind, without meaningful education. Public schools could become the new institutions.

Eve Hill

Brown Goldstein & Levy

Updates | The Week of April 10, 2017

4/16/17  //  Daily Update

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has weakened consumer protections for student loan borrowers

The Blind Side In Trump’s War On The Administrative State

4/17/17  //  Commentary

Neomi Rao’s nomination to serve as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is part of Trump and Bannon’s war on the administrative state.

Leah Litman

U.C. Irvine School of Law

Ian Samuel

Harvard Law School

DeVos Gives Accountability the Boot

4/14/17  //  Commentary

Education Secretary Betsy DeDos has jettisoned memos that hold student loan services accountable for past performance. That hurts everyone except her buddies in the loan servicing industry.

Danielle D'Onfro

Washington University Law School

Updates | The Week of March 27, 2017

4/2/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump has signed bills repealing rules addressing teacher preparation and school accountability.

Updates | The Week of April 24, 2017

4/30/17  //  Daily Update

A coalition of 21 state attorneys general wrote a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, criticizing her decision to withdraw federal guidance issued by the Obama administration to increase consumer protections in student loan servicing. President Trump signed an executive order requiring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to conduct a review of whether the federal government exceeded its legal authority in K-12 schools.

Updates | The Week of April 17, 2017

4/23/17  //  Daily Update

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has made moves to reduce student-loan accountability and withdraw Obama-era policy guidance on student loan servicing.

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