April 3, 2014

More Probes, Oversight (and Dress Codes) for Predatory For-Profit Colleges

The for-profit college industry is lobbying furiously to prevent the Obama Administration from issuing a strong “gainful employment” rule that would cut off aid to career training programs that consistently leave students with insurmountable debt. But around the country this week there is more evidence that major players in this industry have been engaged in abusive, predatory behavior– and that law enforcement agencies and prospective students alike are getting the message:

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley today sued Corinthian Colleges in Suffolk Superior Court, stating, “We allege that this for-profit school aggressively recruited and misled students by falsely promising high …Continue Reading »

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April 3, 2014

Head of Teachers College Group Sits on Board of Predatory Corinthian Colleges

Sharon P. Robinson, the president and chief executive officer of the non-profit American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) has served, since January 2011, on the board of directors of Corinthian Colleges, a publicly-traded corporation that runs the for-profit colleges Everest, Heald, and WyoTech. While Robinson’s organization advocates for strong professional teacher education, Corinthian has a record of poor quality education programs, sold to students through deceptive recruiting, and the company is now under investigation by more than a dozen state attorneys general and at least four federal law enforcement agencies.

Corinthian College board members generally receive $60,000 …

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March 31, 2014

Quiz: Which For-Profit College Are You?

Time to find out how badly you rip off students and taxpayers.

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March 28, 2014

Which For-Profit College Lobbyist Are You?

I’ve just published a new 100-page e-book, Stealing America’s Future: How For-Profit Colleges Scam Taxpayers and Ruin Students’ Lives. You can buy it for 99 cents on AmazonI hope you’ll read it, because it is a critical moment for Americans to examine and speak out on the issue of for-profit colleges, the trade schools that bombard us with advertising promising students a better future through careers in fields like medical assisting, auto repair, and information technology.

Some of these schools do a good job training students for careers. But many of …

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March 25, 2014

Staffers Managing Gardner’s LNG Export Hearing Are Former Gas Lobbyists

Today, the congressional subcommittee on Energy and Power is scheduled to hold a hearing on Rep. Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) bill to force the Obama administration to approve all application for new liquefied natural gas terminals used to export natural gas. A close look at the staffers involved with this particular subcommittee reveals that several have close ties to the LNG industry.

– Energy and Power staff counsel Patrick Currier is a former lobbyist for gas and energy companies, including the Gas Processors Association, FirstEnergy Corp, and the CCS Alliance.

– Energy and Power chief counsel Tom Hassenboehler is a former …

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March 12, 2014

In 1991, Mitch McConnell Opposed Dark Money — While Openly Supporting Lower Voter Turnout

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is in the political fight of his life, as he faces a capable Democratic challenger in Allison Grimes and a primary opponent in Matt Bevin.

In defending his incumbency, McConnell has gone outright elitist, telling the media that the establishment is going to “crush” tea party challengers across the country.

McConnell’s victory or loss, particularly in the general election where he is polling very tightly with Grimes, will likely depend on voter turnout. Historically, midterm elections have lower turnout, and higher turnout tends to benefit anti-incumbent waves and more progressive candidates — both of which …

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March 12, 2014

Former Washington Post Co. Still Owns Stake in Embattled For-Profit Corinthian Colleges

Graham Holdings Co., the renamed corporation that owned the Washington Post newspaper before selling it to Jeff Bezos last year, retains a major stake in Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit education company that is under investigation by a range of federal and state law enforcement agencies. According to an SEC filing today, Graham Holdings has sold about 1.7 million shares of Corinthian this month, but still owns another 4.6 million, amounting to about 5.3 percent of the company’s shares.

Graham’s continued ownership of Corinthian highlights how a family company that once proudly owned a prestigious investigative newspaper has fallen into the position …

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March 12, 2014

Chevron Hires Yet Another Democratic Staffer

Republic Report has obtained an e-mail from J.J. Ong, a senior Democratic staffer to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. On Monday, Ong announced that she is leaving the committee to take a job with the “international government affairs team at Chevron here in DC, where [Ong] will be managing their government relations work for the Asia Pacific region.”

Ong has worked for five years on the committee as a senior staffer to Reps. Eliot Engel and Howard Berman.

Chevron has a number of interests in Asia, including controversial investments in Myanmar and Indonesia.

As we have reported, Chevron has close …

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