The 2019 lawsuit Weingarten v. DeVos, filed by AFT President Randi Weingarten, the AFT and eight other plaintiffs against then-Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education, was settled Oct. 12.

At the root of the lawsuit was holding DeVos and the Department of Education accountable for “gross mismanagement” of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which was established under the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007.

“The Department of Education led by Secretary Miguel Cardona agreed to work with us to ensure relief for the countless borrowers who relied on the promise of Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” Weingarten wrote in an email sent to members Oct. 13. “The department has agreed that a promise made is a promise kept.”

The AFT — through its partnership with the online resource Summer — is helping members navigate the steps necessary to qualify for PSLF. For more information, click here.

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