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DeVos throws lifeline to 800 college programs Obama found questionable

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a change to an Obama-era rule Thursday that borrower advocates say will put students at risk of being preyed on by schools that are supposed to prepare students for careers.

If the Department of Education decides career-training programs don’t adequately prepare their students for employment, those programs can now dispute the agency’s findings with their own data with no baseline requirements as to the size of the sample — as long as DeVos deems them to be reliable metrics. The announcement is the latest step taken by the Trump administration that slows implementation of the gainful employment rule, which aims to measure whether job training programs are delivering on promises to prepare students adequately for a career.

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