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Through her divisive rhetoric, Education Secretary DeVos leaves a troubled legacy of her own

Editor’s note: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos resigned from her post effective Jan. 8, 2021, saying there was “no mistaking” the impact that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric had on the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Here, five scholars offer their views on DeVos’ legacy at the federal agency she headed for four years.

Mark Hlavacik, associate professor of communication studies, University of North Texas:

In her resignation letter, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos explained that her sudden departure from the administration was motivated by President Donald Trump’s incendiary words to the crowd that went on to ransack the

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Student loan giant Navient and borrowers settle lawsuit over troubled forgiveness program

Student loan giant Navient (NAVI) promised to revamp a loan forgiveness program designed for public servants after settling a 2018 class action lawsuit from student loan borrowers.

The preliminary settlement — still subject to final approval by the court — requires Navient to “enhance its internal resources, maintain regular training and monitoring for call center representatives, update forms that are sent to borrowers and update its website.”

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Part of the settlement involves Navient providing $1.75 million to a nonprofit organization that will provide education and student loan counseling to public

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Two public servants describe the government’s troubled student loan forgiveness program

Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) in 2007 to help various kinds of public service workers erase their student debt after ten years of loan payments.

But management of the program is widely considered to be a failure as more than 98% of applications from teachers, firefighters, police, and other public servants are rejected.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been sued multiple times over her department’s high denial rate, while Education Department (ED) officials contend that Congress designed the rules to be too restrictive.

To better understand the PSLF process, Yahoo Finance spoke with two public servants

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