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Report: DeVos dismantles team probing fraud at for-profit colleges

 Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has largely disassembled a team created in 2016 by the Obama administration to look into widespread fraudulent activities by for-profit colleges, and she hired a number of top aides who previously worked at institutions that were under investigation, current and former employees told the New York Times.

The details: The team under Obama had about a dozen attorneys and investigators. It now has three employees, who focus mainly on student loan forgiveness applications, per the Times. Elizabeth Hill, a spokeswoman for the agency, told the Times that none of the new employees who previously worked in the for-profit education industry had influenced the team’s direction. Hill attributed the group’s reduction to attrition.