The Trump administration is waging a quiet war on education - 2019-06-14
Perhaps nothing illustrates the perverse nature of Donald Trump's administration better than his approach to the regulatory state. In Trump's America, those most zealously dedicated to unraveling federal oversight are in charge of the government, racing to shred laws as quickly as they can.
Although it rarely draws the outrage of his latest unhinged tweet or foible abroad, it is in the president's Department of Education that this spirit of cruel nihilism is best on display. Trump's education secretary, Betsy DeVos, and her underlings are dedicated to seeing their radical conservative vision of government achieved, and they're taking aim at the very heart of public education.
Few Americans know the name of Diane Auer Jones, a deputy under DeVos. A former assistant secretary under George W Bush who resigned over the education department's treatment of an accreditor that oversaw religiously-affiliated colleges, Jones is back with a vengeance: she has already slashed Obama-era regulations of for-profit colleges, including one rule that forced these schools to prove they provide gainful employment to graduates. She also recommended the reinstatement of a scandal-scarred accreditor the Obama administration tried to banish after the collapse of two for-profit chains under its supervision.