Within the Department of Education, there exists a dedicated team whose job is to investigate abuse by institutions of higher education. Their focus is on for-profit schools such as DeVry and Corinthian Colleges. The team is tasked with determining whether for-profit institutions misled students about job prospects or tricked them into predatory loans. The Takeaway discusses a new report from The New York Times that alleges Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is effectively dismantling the investigative team tasked with monitoring abuses by for-profit colleges. Plus, we look at a study from the National Center for Education Statistics finding that 94% of teachers in high-poverty school districts pay for classroom supplies out of pocket; a death-sentence case in Sudan that is prompting international uproar; and a new documentary exploring the black, L.G.B.T.Q. disco club that served members of Los Angeles's marginalized communities for decades.
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