DeVos Facing Sanctions or Contempt of Court

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A US Magistrate in San Francisco had words for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday, finding that the department had violated her orders to stop collecting debts from 80,000 students of Corinthian Colleges Inc., including seizing tax refunds and wages.

“I’m not sure if this is contempt or sanctions,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim told lawyers for the Education Department at a hearing Monday in San Francisco. “I’m not sending anyone to jail yet, but it’s good to know I have that ability.”

“At best it is gross negligence. At worst it’s an intentional flouting of my order,” Kim warned lawyers for the department.

A lawyer for the Department of Education admitted responsibility for violations of Judge Kim’s previous order in June, and says the department is willing to comply with the ruling.

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