Education Dept. Hints at Rollback of Gainful Employment Rule

The U.S. Education Department on Tuesday gave the clearest indication to date that it might roll back, or at least alter, the controversial gainful employment regulations put in place by the Obama administration, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. James Manning, acting under secretary of education, wrote in a letter to Senate Democrats that the department had "some level of concern" about the rules—which penalize career colleges whose students accrue too much federal debt relative to their earnings—and that officials were reviewing them carefully.

The gainful employment rule has already taken effect, but Education Secretary Betsy DeVos earlier this year delayed until July 1 key deadlines for colleges to comply with the rule and submit appeals.

According to Politico Morning Education, the administration has been eyeing further delays to the regulations as it considers opening new negotiated rulemaking sessions to rewrite them. The administration has not yet published its rulemaking agenda for the coming months.


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