Is this teaching the right lesson? Sources inside the U.S. Department of Education say investigations into potential fraud at major for-profit colleges have been effectively dismantled. Several former employees of the colleges in question now hold senior positions under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The investigative team began work in 2016 after a for-profit college scandal raised questions about predatory practices. A spokeswoman for the department said its employees’ former connections didn’t influence their work, and claimed the decision to dismantle the team was made before President Trump took office.