Shapiro is joining the Attorneys General of Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of Columbia in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington.
“Rolling back student loan protections harms Pennsylvania college students and their families. With a rising number of students burdened by college loan debt or in default, this is exactly the wrong time for the Department of Education to abdicate its responsibility to protect students from deceptive practices by these for-profit schools. If Secretary DeVos and her Department won’t protect our college students, I will,” Shapiro said in a release announcing the lawsuit.
The Borrower Defense Rule provides protections for federal student loan recipients by allowing them for have their debt forgiven if the school they attended used “deceptive practices” including misrepresenting job placement rates.
The lawsuit is the latest use of the courts by Democrats and those opposed to President Trump’s policies to use the courts to prevent his agenda from becoming law.