All posts by Nick DeSantis

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Trump’s Budget Could Eliminate Public-Service Loan Forgiveness. Here’s What to Know.

Budget documents obtained by The Washington Post paint a bleak picture for many federal education programs: The newspaper reported on Wednesday that President Trump’s administration plans to cut them by a total of $10.6 billion. The proposed education budget would cut spending on programs in secondary education in order to funnel some of that money into school-choice programs, which have long been a major focus for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

In terms of money for higher education, the prop…

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Citing Security Fears, IRS Suspends Key Tool in Financial-Aid Process

The U.S. Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday announced that the IRS had suspended the agency’s data-retrieval tool, a key online resource that, among other things, makes it easier for students and families to fill out the financial-aid form known as the Fafsa.

This week, reports circulated online that the data-retrieval tool had suddenly become unavailable, without a public explanation from the Education Department or the IRS. After questions swirled about the to…

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U.S. Gives Colleges More Time for Appeals Under Gainful-Employment Rule

The U.S. Department of Education on Monday announced that it was giving colleges more time to submit appeals regarding data that is connected to the enforcement of the Obama administration’s hotly contested gainful-employment rule.

Lynn Mahaffie, the acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education, said that the action was being taken “to allow the department to further review the GE regulations and their implementation.”

Many people have speculated that President Trump will withdraw the …

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Appeals Court Declines to Reinstate Trump’s Travel Ban

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday declined to reinstate President Trump’s executive order calling for a travel ban that affected roughly 17,000 students on American campuses.

Mr. Trump’s order, issued last month, suspended for 90 days the entry into the United States of citizens of seven largely Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. It also suspended for 120 days the admission into the United States of all refug…

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Education Dept. Releases Latest List of Title IX Investigations, After Failing to Do So

[Updated (1/26/2017, 3 p.m.) with new information.]

The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday released its latest list of colleges facing sexual-violence investigations under the gender-equity law known as Title IX, after initially failing to do so for the first time in more than two years.

The department has made such a list public since 2014, when it named 55 colleges and universities that its Office for Civil Rights was investigating. At the time, the department said its announcement offer…

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Following Plagiarism Reports, Trump Aide Bows Out of White House Post

Monica Crowley, whom President-elect Donald J. Trump had chosen to serve as director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, has decided not to take the job following allegations that she had plagiarized parts of a book and her doctoral dissertation.

“After much reflection I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration,” Ms. Crowley said in a written statement to The Washington Times. “I…

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Drexel Calls Professor’s Controversial Tweets Protected Speech

Drexel University on Thursday called a professor’s controversial social-media remarks “protected speech,” after the professor sparked an uproar online by tweeting that “all I want for Christmas is white genocide.”

George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of politics and global studies, drew harsh criticism over the tweet, which he posted on Christmas Eve. He followed up the post with another that stated, “To clarify: When the whites were massacred during the Haitian revolution, that wa…

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Education Dept. Approves Sale of U. of Phoenix Owner, With Strict Conditions

The U.S. Department of Education has approved the sale of the Apollo Education Group, which owns the giant for-profit University of Phoenix, to a group of private investors, but has imposed strict conditions on the deal. The investors agreed to purchase the company this year for $1.14 billion.

The department sent a letter to the presidents of Phoenix and of Western International University, another Apollo-owned institution, outlining the terms by which it was requiring them and their new owners …

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Federal Judge Blocks Obama’s Overtime-Pay Rule

A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday blocked the Obama administration’s effort to extend overtime pay to millions more workers, after 21 states and dozens of business groups asserted that the rule was unlawful and would cause them irreparable harm.

Judge Amos L. Mazzant III of the U.S. District Court in Sherman, Tex., concluded that the U.S. Department of Labor had exceeded its authority and ignored the intent of Congress in issuing the rule, which had been scheduled to take effect on December 1….

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Education Dept. Opens Title IX Investigation at Baylor

After months of controversy surrounding Baylor University’s handling of sexual-violence cases, the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights said on Wednesday that it had opened a Title IX investigation there.

Dorie Nolt, a department spokeswoman, said in a statement emailed to reporters that the office, known as OCR, had opened the investigation “after receiving a complaint from the former Baylor Title IX coordinator.” The coordinator, Patty Crawford, went on national television this m…