Two Republican senators have asked the U.S. Education Department to investigate the alleged leaking by department officials of proposed rules aimed at tightening regulation of the industry, Reuters reports. In a letter to Kathleen Tighe, the department’s inspector general, Senators Richard Burr and Tom Coburn said publicly available documents show the department may have leaked the proposed ‘gainful employment’ rules to short sellers and others who support the department’s position. Education Department spokesman Justin Hamilton said the department has operated with “transparency and integrity” throughout the rule making process. The for-profit education sector, a major recipient of taxpayers’ money, has been criticized for failing to prepare students for job and leaving them with big debts. The gainful employment rules call for schools to prove their ex-students are either paying back loans or are capable of doing so. If not, the schools will lose access to federal student aid…

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