(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.
coalition expressed support for recent federal protections for students in
higher education and taxpayers, according to a news release issued by
Schneiderman's office. The letter highlighted the ways in which
for-profit schools have harmed consumers.
past 15 years, millions of students have been defrauded by unscrupulous
for-profit, post-secondary schools,” the attorneys general wrote in the letter. “With
accreditors asleep at the wheel, state attorneys general offices have stepped
in to stop some of the worst abuses.”
attorneys general asked the government to keep in place a number of
protections, including the Gainful Employment Rule and the Borrower Defense to
Repayment Rule. They also asked for vigorous oversight of school accreditors
that accredit these schools.
Attorneys general joining New York in the letter are those from Connecticut,
Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky,
Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of
Columbia, and the executive director of the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii.