(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).
The department chose not to renew credentials for the Accrediting Council for Colleges and Schools
(ACICS). The secretary of education determined that the council accredited predatory for-profit schools.
These colleges allegedly took advantage of student borrowers. The ACICS is suing the DOE in U.S.
District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the DOE ruling.
“State attorneys general are charged with protecting
consumers, including students, and our office strongly supported the Department
of Education’s decision to terminate ACICS as a federally sanctioned
accrediting body,” Racine said. “ACICS accredited predatory schools
like Corinthian Colleges and ITT Tech, helping them defraud students and gain
hundreds of millions of dollars from student loans in the process. We want to
ensure that the Department of Education’s decision continues to stand.”
brought forward by the attorneys general is currently pending before U.S.
District Court Judge Reggie Walton.