Topic: Education

Education Records of Communications with Sen. Lamar from April to October 2018

June 4, 2020
Records from the Department of Education of communications with Senator Lamar from April to October 2018. American Oversight sought these communications to shed light on the role Senator Alexander and the HELP Committee play in policymaking at the Department of Education.

News Roundup: A Somber Week After Memorial Day

May 29, 2020
As states across the country enter various phases of “reopening,” sobering news about the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to emerge. 

FOIA to ED Seeking Records Regarding Fulfillment of State of the Union Scholarship

May 22, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Education regarding reports that Secretary Betsy DeVos would personally fund a federal Opportunity Scholarship awarded to a fourth-grade student during President Trump’s January 2020 State of the Union address.

FOIA to ED on Gender-Based Discrimination Guidelines

May 22, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Education on the removal of guidelines issued by the Office of Civil Rights on gender-based discrimination.

News Roundup: The Subversion of Justice at the Justice Department

May 15, 2020
From investigations into the president’s perceived enemies to interference in the criminal cases of Trump allies like Flynn and Roger Stone, the ongoing politicization of the department is a dangerous threat to the rule of law.

Education Records on Impact of Coronavirus on Schools from March 2020

May 14, 2020
Department of Education records regarding the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on schools. These records are from March 2020.

Lawsuit Seeks Records Related to Repeal of Gainful Employment Rule That Protected Student Borrowers

May 14, 2020
American Oversight and nonprofit legal organization Student Defense sued the Department of Education on Wednesday for records related to the repeal of a rule protecting students from excessive debt. 
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Complaint: Student Defense v. ED — Gainful Employment Rule Communications

May 13, 2020
Lawsuit filed by Student Defense, represented by American Oversight, against the Department of Education for communications with non-government parties regarding the Gainful Employment Rule, which Secretary Betsy DeVos repealed in July 2019. The Gainful Employment rule sought to protect borrowers from for-profit colleges that graduate students with excessive loan debt.

News Roundup: Who Will Watch the Inspectors General?

May 8, 2020
Every week seems to bring a new example of President Donald Trump’s disdain — or fear — of independent oversight.

ED Ethics Records for Former Student Aid Official Kathleen Smith

May 5, 2020
Ethics records from the Department of Education for former student aid official Kathleen Smith, who now lobbies for the financial aid servicer, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).