An attorney for the Department of Education said that the agency would clean up its act after a federal judge floated the idea that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could face jail time for violating her order to stop collecting some student loans.
During a hearing Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim expressed dismay that DeVos continued collecting loans from Corinthian Colleges, Inc. students. Kim acknowledged that she wasn’t sure whether DeVos’ actions were considered contempt or sanctions, but noted in court that she had the ability to potentially send the education secretary to jail.
In the California courtroom, Charlie Merritt, the department’s attorney, told Kim that the agency “takes responsibility” for violating Kim’s orders, according to Bloomberg.
“We will bring ourselves into full compliance,” Merritt