By Lauren Hirsch and Annie Nova (excerpted) –

California is suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education for what the state alleges is a failure to implement its student loan forgiveness program for people who took on public-service jobs.

“Today’s lawsuit reminds Secretary DeVos that she is not above the law,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement Wednesday.

“She is accountable to these college graduates who followed the rules and deserve better, especially amidst an economic crisis of historic proportions.”

… In the lawsuit, Becerra said the Education Department continues to deny almost all borrowers who apply for debt forgiveness under the program. California, the most populous state in the country, is home to the sprawling University of California system, which boasts 280,000 students and 2 million alumni living worldwide. There are over 700 colleges in California, overall, and the state accounts for 10% of the nation’s college enrollment, more than any other state.