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President Trump has vetoed a resolution passed by Congress that would have undone U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ controversial borrower defense rule, making it harder for borrowers to have their student debt forgiven if they were defrauded by their colleges.
The move was expected. In February the White House issued a statement opposing the resolution and saying that, if passed, Trump’s advisers would recommend a veto. Free Press Release Network
But in recent days the hopes of the rule’s critics had increased that Trump might let the resolution go into effect by taking no action before a deadline on Saturday.
The White House didn’t comment on the veto Friday evening. But confirming the veto, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin blasted the move. 

“President Trump’s veto of my bipartisan bill to help our veterans was a victory for Education Secretary DeVos and the fraud merchants at the for-profit colleges,” Durbin, who sponsored the Senate version of the bill, said in a statement. “My question to the President: in four days did you forget those flag-waving Memorial Day speeches as you vetoed a bill the veterans were begging for?”
The House had scheduled an override vote on Thursday but postponed it when no veto came. The Republican-controlled Senate must also override the veto, but that’s not considered likely.
The veto also was criticized by Ben Miller, vice president of postsecondary education for the progressive Center for American Progress.
“In issuing his first domestic policy veto, President Trump and Secretary DeVos are choosing to enrich predatory for-profit colleges over justice for cheated veterans and low-income borrowers,” Miller said in a statement. Free Press Release Website “The administration’s regulation wields legalese and bureaucracy to trap harmed borrowers in a process they have no hope of successfully completing to get their loans canceled, sending a clear message that colleges’ bad behavior will go unpunished. Congress should see this bipartisan effort through and override President Trump’s veto, especially during a pandemic when so many people are suffering
College Presidents to Attend White House Meeting
A group of college presidents will be attending a meeting at the White House on Monday, according to one who will be attending and to an education lobbyist.
“I’m expecting a wide-ranging discussion,” including reopening campuses, said one college president. President Trump is expected to participate. Free Press Release Site A White House spokesman declined comment.
The lobbyist said many of the invited attendees were involved in a call earlier this month with Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, where presidents discussed several issues, including the need to be able to do more testing and colleges' request for liability protection from coronavirus-related lawsuits. But others who weren’t on the call are expected to attend as well.
The meeting would come as President Trump is encouraging states to reopen and Senator Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate education committee, also said campuses shouldn’t focus on whether to reopen but on how to do it safely. It would also come three days before the presidents of Purdue and Brown Universities and Lane College are expected to testify at an education committee hearing on reopening campuses.
A spokesman for Christina Paxson, Brown's president, who has advocated for reopening, said she will not be attending the White House meeting. Spokespeople for Purdue's Mitch Daniels and Lane's president, Logan Hampton, were not immediately available.
NCAA Releases Guidance for Athletes' Return
The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s medical experts released specific recommendations on Friday for member institutions to consider as college athletes return to campus facilities and are permitted to voluntarily begin training on June 1.
The guidance was developed by the NCAA’s COVID-19 Advisory Panel and Sport Science Institute, and recommends that colleges evaluate athletes for COVID-19 exposure before they return to campus facilities and Free Press Release Distribution “consider asking” athletes and staff to screen themselves for symptoms of the virus at least daily. Athletes and staff members should remain physically distant during strength and conditioning activities and, where distancing is not “feasible,” face coverings should be worn, the guidance says.
As it relates to testing athletes and staff members, the guidance did not set out specific recommendations for if and how frequently institutions should test for COVID-19. It deferred largely to the plans of the various states and localities where institutions are located. At multiple points, the guidance re-emphasized the need for reopening plans to be in tandem with state and local requirements.
The guidance did warn against the “false sense of security” that negative, one-time tests can provide, because they only evaluate for infection at the time the test is administered. Colleges are encouraged to rely on surveillance of athletes’ specific “bubbles” to monitor infections, by tracking the people they are interacting with during athletic activities for the virus, especially for high-contact sports like football. The NCAA also recommended athletic departments develop hygiene strategies to disinfect shared spaces and equipment, such as workout machines, water bottles, towels and medical equipment used by athletes.
Plans to bring athletes back to campus should also align with colleges' broader reopening strategies, and should consider that "NCAA student-athletes are first and foremost students," the guidance says. But the precautions for athletes should be given more consideration due to the greater amount of contact they have with one another versus the general campus community. ​
A statement at the beginning of the guidance addressed those questioning the NCAA’s decision to allow athletic activities to resume next week.
“While some stakeholders have embraced the idea of planning for the reopening of collegiate sports, others have questioned whether it would be better to simply wait until there is no longer a threat from COVID-19,” the guidance said. Free Press Release Service “A resocialization plan that attempts to properly balance the public health considerations through the identification and implementation of appropriate safeguards provides an alternative to shutting down society and sport indefinitely.”
Senate Dems Want Ed Dept. to Remedy Loan Servicer's Error
May 29, 2:13 p.m. Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, owned by Nelnet, reportedly provided incorrect payment information for nearly five million federal student loan borrowers to credit reporting agencies, according to Politico, a mistake that likely lowered borrowers' credit scores. Great Lakes has apologized to borrowers (see statement, below).
A group of six Senate Democrats, led by Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, has written to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to call on the department to "fully remedy this issue," hold Great Lakes accountable and provide Congress with a detailed accounting of how this "inexcusable blunder" occurred.
The $2.2 trillion federal CARES Act stimulus granted temporary relief to federal student loan borrowers during the pandemic by suspending their payments and interest accrual through Sept. 30. Free Press Release Submission The Democratic senators said a CARES Act implementation guidance said any suspended federal student loan payment should be treated as a regularly scheduled one made by a borrower. Instead, the senators said Great Lakes erroneously reported the CARES Act suspension of 4.8 million borrowers' monthly payments as deferments.

"It is difficult to know how far reaching the consequences of this error will be for millions of borrowers who might attempt to purchase a home, start a new job or take out a loan to stay financially afloat during this economic crisis," Warren and her colleagues wrote. "Any error that results in an inaccurate score must be immediately remedied, and those responsible for such mistakes must be held accountable."

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