The Ministry of Education official appointed by the former secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosGOP lawmakers urge Cardona against the erasure of student loans for executives. Betsy DeVos is no longer running for Michigan governor to manage the agency’s student loan portfolio resigned this week.
Newly sworn secretary Miguel CardonaMiguel Cardona As COVID-19 drags on, assessing K-12 students is more important than ever. Who will blink first at a showdown over masks in K-12 schools? Department of Education Opens Civil Rights Inquiry into Mask Mandate Ban in Florida MORE said in a statement Friday that he accepted Mark Brown’s resignation. Brown was appointed for a three-year term ending in March 2022.
The resignation paves the way for Cardona to put his own official on the job as the Biden government faces a wave of pressure from progressives to cancel tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt.
“I accepted the resignation of General Mark Brown, Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid, and thanked him for his service to the US Department of Education. As the nation continues to grapple with economic disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more urgent than ever to provide aid and empower pathways to the middle class, ”Cardona said in a statement.
Robin Minor, the assistant chief operating officer, has been named assistant director of federal student aid as the administration seeks a permanent replacement for Brown.
“Under my leadership, the Department of Education will work to strengthen the college as a reliable pathway to the middle class while protecting students and borrowers alike. Serving our country’s students, the ministry’s Federal Student Aid Department will once again focus on streamlining access to and management of federal grants, easing the student debt burden and carefully managing taxpayers’ money, ”Cardona said.
Progressives had urged the Biden administration to remove Brown from his post, saying a DeVos agent should not stay in the department. DeVos was a particularly unpopular cabinet secretary for the Democrats, who criticized her advocacy for private schools.
Liberals are likely to be watching closely who, because of disagreements with the White House over student loan making, the Biden administration decides to permanently replace Brown. Biden has spoken out in favor of legislating $ 10,000 in student debt per borrower, while Progressives have urged him to take executive action to give away $ 50,000.
Following the announcement of Brown’s resignation, grumbling began to spread rapidly about Minor’s position as acting director of the Student Aid Bureau.
“While we are thrilled that Mark Brown will no longer head the federal student loan in the Department of Education, we are alarmed by the rise of Robin Minor – who fought hard against student debt relief – as a doer.” [Federal Student Aid] Head, ”tweeted the Revolving Door Project, a government progressive monitoring group.
While we’re thrilled that Mark Brown will no longer be the Head of Federal Student Loans at the Department of Education, we’re alarmed by the rise of Robin Minor – who fought hard against student debt relief – as acting FSA chief. https://t.co/iz7ajoJchg
– revolving door project (@revolvingdoorDC) March 5, 2021