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A Bitter Fight Begins Over an Obama Education Legacy

Cosmetology schools argue they need a break from new federal rules. State attorneys general worry the Trump administration will side with for-profit colleges.
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In the early weeks of the Trump administration, beauty schools made an attempt to undo Obama’s career-college crackdown. Law enforcement just fired back.

After a multi-year crackdown on for-profit colleges by the Obama administration, the Department of Education under President Donald Trump is expected to be comparatively friendly to the industry. But after a cosmetology trade organization challenged a rule that punished certain career colleges, more than a dozen state attorneys general vowed to keep for-profit colleges accountable, signaling that a fight over how closely such schools are regulated may be ahead.