Court win for defrauded students suing DeVos

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has handed a victory to students suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her efforts to dismantle protections against fraud by for-profit colleges.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled late Monday that DeVos’ move to delay an Obama-era regulation boosting those protections must be annulled. At the same time, the court put that very ruling on hold for 30 days, giving the Education Department and another party to the case a chance to respond.

The lawsuit was lodged by students defrauded by for-profit schools and Democratic attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Toby Merrill, an attorney representing the students, says the decision means “We are one step closer to these important provisions taking effect.”

The Education Department did not comment.

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