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October / November 2018

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NEA, CTA Sue DeVos Over Online Student Protections Reversal T H E S U D D E N R E V E R S A L of federal regulations that pro- tect students at online schools spurred a lawsuit by NEA and CTA against the federal Department of Education and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. At issue are protections that require online or distance programs to disclose – to prospective and enrolled stu- dents – whether they meet licensing requirements in their states, and whether the school is under investigation by a state or accrediting agency. The regulations initially went into effect July 1, but DeVos announced two days later that they would be delayed until July 2020. This hurts online students like aspiring elementary school educator Stephanie Portilla. Portilla, based in California, is enrolled in a program at Western Governors University – an online-only program that came under fire last year because it didn't meet federal standards. The program eventually was forced to return $713 million in federal aid. Without the protec- tions that DeVos reversed, Portilla and other students attending online programs might not find out about accreditation issues like this until it's too late. "Without them, students like Stephanie could end up saddled with debt and stuck with a worthless degree they can't use," said CTA President Eric Heins. The suit, filed in a federal court in California, asks that DeVos be ordered to put the rules back into effect. 51 O C T O B E R / N O V E M B E R 2 018 A Earn 2% and 3% cash back on up to $2,500 in combined purchases in those categories each quarter.* 1% 2% 3 % cash back on all purchases cash back at grocery stores and wholesale clubs cash back on gas Apply Today: call 1-888- 75 8- 79 4 6 or visit Mention Priority Code HAAAEI Plus cash rewards if you make at least $500 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening** $ 1 5 0 Ready–Set–Earn! ® with the CTA ® Cash Rewards Visa Signature ® credit card For more information about the rates, fees, other costs and benefits associated with the use of the credit card, call the toll-free number above or visit * The 2% cash back on grocery store and wholesale club purchases and 3% cash back on gas purchases apply to the first $2,500 in combined purchases in these categories each quarter. After that, the base 1% earn rate applies to those purchases. ** You will qualify for $150 bonus cash rewards if you use your new credit card account to make any combination of Purchase transactions totaling at least $500 (exclusive of any fees, returns and adjustments) that post to your account within 90 days of the account open date. Limit 1 bonus cash rewards offer per new account. This one-time promotion is limited to customers opening a new account in response to this offer and will not apply to requests to convert existing accounts. Other advertised promotional bonus cash rewards offers can vary from this promotion and may not be substituted. Allow 8-12 weeks from qualifying for the bonus cash rewards to post to your rewards balance. This credit card program is issued and administered by Bank of America, N.A. Visa and Visa Signature are registered trademarks of Visa International Service Association, and are used by the issuer pursuant to license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Ready-Set-Earn is a registered trademark of Bank of America Corporation. ©2018 Bank of America Corporation CC051118 ARJF4T5R MB1118-AD-CAEDU

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