Who Would Allow Wages to Be Garnished During a Pandemic? Certainly Not Betsy DeVos

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In case you were wondering what Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is up to these days, let me give you the short of it: she’s still playing with people’s money.

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She’s been up to it for years, of course—multiple outlets have reported on her dubious connections with loan servicing giants. In late 2019, the Department of Education admitted it “erroneously” forced nearly 46,000 students scammed by for-profit colleges to repay their loans.

But if you thought a global pandemic would slow the DOE’s roll, I want to personally shake your hand for preserving such innocence and hope (Where did you get it? Is it on sale?). Because, as Forbes reports, the Department of Education admitted that 54,000 student loan borrowers were still having their wages garnished—this despite the fact that the CARES Act, passed in late March, specifically prohibits that practice.

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The DOE owned up to the astonishing numbers in a court filing Monday. The filing is in response to a lawsuit filed in April by a home health aide, Elizabeth Barber, against DeVos and the DOE (according to the complaint, Barber, who is on the frontline of the nation’s public health crisis, makes just under $13 an hour). According to Forbes, one out of every eight student loan borrowers who had their wages garnished before the coronavirus pandemic are still having their wages taken today.

The DOE did not share whether it planned or was able to immediately suspend wage garnishments for those tens of thousands of borrowers, Forbes reports, but the department did say it was communicating with Barber and other plaintiffs about providing more documentation to the court.

If only you could pay your bills with that.

Staff writer, The Root.

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Because Betsy is all about ‘bootstraps’ and running her her money or what she sees as her monay. Of course now that she’s been caught...yet again, she’ll tell the DOE to stop, at least until they can find some other way to get that money.

I wonder if homegirl realizes that if people gave the finger to higher ed and overall just didn’t bother with learning new shit and getting degrees at all that she would be in trouble even more so and the riot from colleges would topple her ass from it’s lofty perch. When I was taking college classes, I made clear really quick to Financial aid that I would not take a single dollar of money from any loan, period because I know what that shit means.