BETSY DEVOS Department of Education Seizing Wages From Student Loan Borrowers
No Matter the Pandemic, BETSY DEVOS Department of Education Still Seizing Wages From Student Loan Borrowers, Suit Claims
Almost a month after announcing garnishing wages will be halted, the Department of Education BETSY DEVOS is being sued for continuing the heartless practice despite the pandemic
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies during a hearing of a House Appropriations Sub-Committee on the fiscal year 2021 budget on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has continued the practice of garnishing the wages of student loan borrowers who are in default, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday.
The suit, brought by a New York woman on behalf of about 285,000 borrowers, claims that DeVos and her department have not halted collection practices even though the secretary made an official announcement, on March 25, stating that the seizure of wages and tax refunds will automatically stop. Devos also promised a refund of approximately $1.8 billion of all wages seized since March 13. DeVos’ department still hadn’t notified employers to stop garnishing wages of student loan borrowers in default — almost a month after the initial announcement.
The Department of Education is a money making machine run by Betsy Devos an evangelical, vocal pro-life opponent of abortion, school choice advocate selected by President Donald J. Trump. She is a billionaire from For Profit schools that she owns and from Bethany Christian Services whose business interests are in warehousing stolen refugee children for $700.00 a day.
Tax filings archived by ProPublica show that between 2001 and 2015, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation (the philanthropic organization run by DeVos and her husband) gave $343,000 in grants to Bethany Christian Services. Brian DeVos – a cousin of Betsy DeVos’s husband Dick who was the Senior Vice President for Child and Family Services at Bethany as recently as 2015, and Maria DeVos who is married to Dick DeVos’s brother Doug and has served on the board of Bethany.
$13.2 billion for state and local K-12 educational agencies.
BETSY DEVOS Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund is intended for immediate needs, such as supporting distance learning, ensuring student health and safety, and developing and implementing plans for the next school year. In order to access the funds, the Department must receive a signed certification. It expects to obligate funding within three business days of receiving a complete form. Again, allocations are set by formula prescribed within the CARES Act, and states must allocate 90% of their funding to school districts, including charter schools, in proportion to the amount of Fiscal Year 2019 funds the district received under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Then, on April 27, the Secretary BETSY DEVOS announced over $300 million in discretionary grant funding for states under two new programs:
Rethink K-12 School Models Grants and Reimagining Workforce Preparation Grants.
BETSY DEVOS The former is aimed at opening new, innovative ways for students to access K-12 education with an emphasis on
meeting students’ needs during the national emergency. The latter is designed to expand short-term postsecondary programs and work-based learning in order to get Americans back to work and help small business return to being the country’s engine for economic growth.
Finally, on April 30, the Secretary BETSY DEVOS announced nearly $1.4 billion for Minority-Serving Institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), and institutions serving low-income students. This funding is provided on top of the aforementioned Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund student aid and institutional aid allocations. For example, HBCUs will collectively receive an additional $577 million in awards, after receiving about $353 million from previous allocations. TCCUs will receive an additional $50 million in awards, bringing their total allocation under the fund to $65 million. More information, including certifications and allocations by institution for each component, are on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund site.
Furthermore, as requested by Congress in the CARES Act, the Secretary examined federal education laws to determine what, if any, additional waiver authority she believes is necessary to provide limited flexibility to state and local educational agencies during this unprecedented time. She is not recommending that Congress pass additional waiver authority concerning the Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), reiterating that learning must continue for all students during the national emergency and can be done online through distance education or other alternative strategies. She is suggesting that Congress consider flexibilities on administrative requirements under IDEA, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, and the Rehabilitation Act (press release).
$30.75 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund
13 billion emergency coronavirus relief k12 students
The [Chief State School Officer or his/her authorized representative] assures or certifies the following: