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Wed Dec 19, 2018, 04:57 PM

Inquiry will review DeVos' revival of troubled accreditor

Source: Associated Press

Inquiry will review DeVosí revival of troubled accreditor

By COLLIN BINKLEY
December 19, 2018

The Education Departmentís independent watchdog said Wednesday that it plans to investigate Secretary Betsy DeVosí decision to reinstate a troubled accrediting agency that was shut down by the Obama administration over allegations of lax oversight.

The departmentís inspector general is launching the review in response to a Dec. 17 letter from Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia, the top Democrats on congressional committees that oversee education, a spokeswoman for the inspector general told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

In their letter, the Democrats question how closely DeVos reviewed the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges, and they suggest that education officials exaggerated the groupís support from others in the industry, which was a factor in DeVosí decision to reinstate it.

A department spokeswoman did not immediately provide comment.

DeVosí Nov. 21 decision to revive the accrediting group has become a flashpoint in a broader debate over the regulation of for-profit colleges. Democrats say DeVos has been too friendly to the industry, while DeVos has said the previous administration went too far working against it.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/4398a6f06b5c496283cf03bab7da67c7

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