LATEST SENATOR TESTER
(Big Sandy, Mont.)—U.S. Senator Jon Tester is defending Montana students by demanding an investigation into the actions of the U.S. Education Department and Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Tester is calling on the Education Department’s Inspector General to investigate the administration and timeliness of TRiO grants after a series of grants repeatedly ran behind schedule and undermined the certainty of Montana’s two dozen TRiO initiatives. Tester is specifically urging Inspector General Kathleen Tighe to identify what deficiencies within the Education Department have caused TRiO grants to be administered behind schedule and recommend solutions to ensure that grant awardees receive their funding without delay.
“The Department’s repeated failure to conduct TRiO competitions in a timely and consistent manner has subjected TRiO programs and the students they serve to unnecessary uncertainty and disruption,” Tester wrote. “By investigating the causes of these administrative failures and recommending how they can be remedied, you will provide a valuable service to low-income, first generation college students who rely on TRiO for their shot at achieving a better future.”
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