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State law-enforcement officials look to take on embattled college watchdog

A group of state law-enforcement officials are hoping to get involved in a dispute between the Department of Education and a maligned college watchdog.

Six states attorneys general, including those from New York and Massachusetts, filed a motion Tuesday to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) against the Department of Education over the feds’ decision to terminate the accreditor, which oversees hundreds of for-profit colleges.

The Department’s decision came just a little more than a month before the Obama administration left office. It’s unclear whether the Trump administration, which experts speculate will be friendlier to for-profit colleges, will aggressively defend the choice to shut ACICS down in court.

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