Lock her up: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing jail after ignoring a federal court order and continuing to collect on debt from former students of a bankrupt for-profit college.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been threatened with the possibility of jail after a judge deemed she was violating a court order for continuing to collect student debts on a now-defunct school.
That ruling, handed down in June of 2018, was made by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim and prevented DeVos and her Department of Education for going after former students at the bankrupt Corinthian Colleges Inc.
Yet despite the ruling, DeVos continued to collect on debt from former students, even “going so far as to seize their tax refunds and wages.”
At a federal hearing on Monday in San Francisco, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim told lawyers for the Education Department that DeVos may go to jail for contempt of court:
I’m not sure if this is contempt or sanctions. I’m not sending anyone to jail yet, but it’s good to know I have that ability.
Saying that she was “astounded” that DeVos had ignored her court order, Judge Kim warned:
At best it is gross negligence. At worst it’s an intentional flouting of my order.
DeVos is no stranger to controversy, and has often expressed a contempt for education, teachers, and students. Indeed, DeVos is a religious extremist who has made it clear she wants to destroy public education and use taxpayer money to fund Christian schools. She is an anti-secular theocrat with no experience working in public education. However, she has used her immense wealth and influence to try and destroy public education in America.DeVos never attended public school. She did not send her kids to public school. She has never worked in a public school. She does not have an education degree, and she has never been a teacher. In fact, she has demonstrated an open hostility to public education, and a desire to destroy public education by using taxpayer money to subsidize private, religious schools.
Previously, an alarming report was released by a conservative Christian group with ties to DeVos advocating for the promotion of Christianity in public schools and putting an end to the Department of Education.
Bottom line: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a cruel monster, and is now facing jail time after ignoring a federal court order and continuing to collect on debt from former students, even going so far as to seize tax refunds and wages from those former students, despite a previous court ruling finding that the debts were no longer valid.