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19-state coalition urges Department of Education to abandon proposed Title IX changes

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A coalition of 19 state attorneys general is urging the federal government to end its proposal to alter Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX), arguing that the proposed change would harm the law's protection of students from anti-discrimination, sexual harassment and violence.

Illinois attorney general lauds federal court ruling on 'Borrower Defense Rule'

By Marian Johns | Oct 24, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has responded to a recent ruling by a federal court judge in California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) v. Betsy DeVos, which challenged the "Borrower Defense Rule."

New Jersey joins 20-state coalition urging Education Department to deny accreditation for ACICS

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 27, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced Feb. 20 that he has joined a coalition of 20 state attorneys general in a letter urging the U.S. Department of Education to deny an application for accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

California alleges U.S. Education Department shirked responsibility in Corinthian Colleges case

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 19, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a lawsuit Dec. 14 against the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and Secretary Betsy DeVos, for allegedly not processing debt relief claims for tens of thousands of students victimized by Corinthian Colleges Inc. (Corinthian).

California AG decries U.S. Department of Education for new proposal related to deceptive practices in education

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 19, 2017

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on July 13 that he criticized the U.S. Department of Education for its proposal setting forth a new rulemaking process for deceptive practices in education. The process would replace two rules that protect students.

Cosmetology group alleges education secretary violated federal law

By Mike Torres | Jun 2, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A cosmetology schools association is suing the U.S. education secretary, alleging violation of federal law.

California joins multistate coalition opposing Education Department's rollback of student loan reforms

By Mark Iandolo | May 3, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 24 that he has joined a multistate coalition in calling out the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). The coalition alleges the DOE is abdicating its responsibility to millions of student loan borrowers. “

Close to 2,000 Louisiana students eligible for refunds after multi-state settlement with Corinthian Colleges

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 28, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced April 21 that close to 2,000 students in the state who attended Corinthian Colleges Inc. schools between 2010 and 2014 may be eligible for loan forgiveness.

Education Department fends off ACICS' request for injunction

By Shanice Harris | Mar 27, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The United States Department of Education has fought off a request for an injunction after stripping the Accrediting Council on Independent Colleges Schools of its authority.

New York, Illinois lead coalition supporting federal protections for higher education students

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 27, 2017

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 22 that he joined with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and a coalition of other attorneys general in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Education Secretary and leaders in Congress.

D.C. attorney general intervenes in lawsuit against Department of Education

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Jan. 24 that he has motioned to intervene, along with four other state attorneys general, in a lawsuit to defend the Department of Education (DOE).

5,000 Virginia consumers who attended Corinthian Colleges schools could be eligible for loan forgiveness

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 13, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Dec. 6 that more than 5,000 Virginia students formerly enrolled in schools operated by Corinthian Colleges Inc. - including Everest Institute, Everest College, Everest University, Heald College and Wyotech - could receive loan forgiveness.

CFPB announces leadership changes within the Bureau

By Legal News Line | Aug 25, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced leadership changes within the agency, including new employees at the following positions – associate director for supervision, enforcement, and fair lending; principal deputy general counsel; and deputy chief operating officer.

Massachusetts attorney general seeks to help alleged ACI student victims

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 10, 2016

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that her office will take action to help victims of American Career Institute (ACI), which allegedly lied to students, fabricated its records and employed unqualified teachers.

California AG asks Department of Education to revoke federal recognition of ACICS

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 9, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced that she has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education, asking it to revoke federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

Washington, D.C. AG takes action against Student Aid Center

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 3, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced that his office filed a consumer-protection lawsuit against Student Aid Center Inc. and the company's owners, Ramiro Fernandez-Moris and Damien Alvarez, over allegations of scamming consumers.

Department of Education increases investigations into website compliance with ADA

By Andy Jones | May 25, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – School districts and educational institutions across the country take heed: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has recently opened as many as 350 nationwide investigations to determine whether educational agencies’ websites are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mass. AG urges U.S. Department of Education to revoke accrediting status of ACICS

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 12, 2016

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, joined by 12 other state attorneys general, is seeking deaccreditation of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) by the U.S. Department of Education.

College group: Plaintiffs bar, feds, state AGs teaming against for-profit colleges

By Jessica Karmasek | Apr 6, 2016

Last month, the DOE released a proposal that would establish borrower-friendly processes for seeking and obtaining loan relief triggered by what the agency describes as “unscrupulous conduct” by higher education institutions. As part of the proposal, the department provided options to negotiators that would protect students from the use of mandatory arbitration provisions in enrollment agreements.

California AG seeks more help for students victimized by fraudulent for-profit colleges

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 6, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris issued a statement urging the U.S. Department of Education to better help students allegedly defrauded by Corinthian Colleges and other for-profit colleges.

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