At a press conference this morning, the Justice Department, the Department of Education, and a group of state attorneys general announced what Attorney General Loretta Lynch called a “landmark settlement” of fraud charges against for-profit college company Education Management Corporation (EDMC). The company will pay $95.5 million — the largest False Claims Act settlement ever with a for-profit college — to resolve a 2007 whistleblower lawsuit claiming the company illegally paid its recruiters based on the number of students signed up.
Lynch called the settlement “a historic step forward in our collective ongoing fight against fraudulent and abusive practices in the for-profit …
Starting on November 30 and lasting until December 11, the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), i.e. the annual meeting of all countries that want to take action for the climate, will meet in Le Bourget, France. They are meeting to try and agree to a global legally binding climate treaty to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, which is the agreed upon target that scientists say the world cannot exceed if we are to avoid catastrophic runaway climate change.
At a recent Cato Institute event titled, “Preparing for Paris: What to Expect from the U.N.’s 2015 Climate Change Conference,” climate skeptic Roy Spencer raised eyebrows when he said that environmentalists should be investigated under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) because of the energy policies they push.
Thomas Wysmuller, owner of Colderside.com, questioned the panelists about the recent revelation that ExxonMobil incorporated climate research into its operations while publicly casting doubt on that very same science. After Judith Curry and Ryan Maue provided answers, Spencer made his statement:
Wysmuller: Quick question. There has been …Continue Reading »
Every week there are amazing videos by and about America’s predatory for-profit colleges, which receive billions annually in taxpayer money, spend nearly a quarter of that money on advertising, deceive many students into enrolling, charge sky-high prices, have enormous dropout rates, leave even many graduates buried in debt, and use high-priced D.C. lobbyists to keep the money flowing.
But only this week is Republic Report counting down the top for-profit college videos! Here we go.
#5. “ICDC College: Successful vs Slacker! Which one are you?”
This amazing video from ICDC College in Southern California features hip-hop semi-legends Master P and …
As approximately 900 people have kindly informed me in the past 36 hours, the CBS drama “The Good Wife” on Sunday highlighted the struggles of students seeking legal redress for abuses they suffered at the hands of high-priced, low quality for-profit colleges. I appreciated the tip, and I’m impressed to see how well “The Good Wife” brought to life these issues.
In the episode, a young veteran felt ripped off by her former school, the fictitious for-profit Colosseum University, but her lawyers soon discovered that they could not take the student’s grievances to court, because, like all Colosseum students, she had signed an enrollment agreement …
Senator John McCain (R-AZ), in a speech on the Senate floor yesterday afternoon, charged that fellow Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has “orchestrated” a “shameful … vendetta against for-profit universities.” McCain upped the ante by asserting that Durbin has a “well-known record of not supporting the men and women who are serving in the military.” Alleging a larger conspiracy, McCain repeated accusations in a recent Wall Street Journal editorial that “the Obama Administration’s military tribunal is punishing” the biggest for-profit college, the University of Phoenix “for being a target of the political left” and that “General Durbin has commanded the Education Department and Department …
Republican Senators John McCain (AZ), Jeff Flake (AZ), and Lamar Alexander (TN) wrote today to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter calling on him to “reconsider” the Department’s decision to put the largest for-profit college, the University of Phoenix, on probation for alleged violations in recruiting U.S. military service members.
All three Senators have received significant campaign contributions from officials of Apollo Education Group, the owner of the University of Phoenix; the company is the largest donor in the 2016 election cycle to both Flake and Alexander, who is chair of the Senate committee overseeing education policy. Alexander received
Alejandro Amor (pictured just above), the former owner-CEO of for-profit FastTrain College, is scheduled to face a jury trial in Miami Wednesday morning. Amor and his co-defendant, former FastTrain admissions staffer Anthony Mincey, face criminal charges of defrauding the federal government to obtain about $6.5 million in student aid — Pell grants and Direct Loans. Two other FastTrain employees charged in the case, Jose Gonzalez and Michael Grubbs, already have pled guilty and are on the government’s witness list.
Amor and FastTrain gained national attention in late 2014 when federal and state prosecutors alleged in court papers that the school “purposely hired …