June 1, 2016
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Trump University: A Scam, But a Familiar One

Four hundred pages of documents released on Tuesday by a federal judge in San Diego add detail to the tawdry story of Donald Trump’s unaccredited Trump University. The operation appears to have relied on high-pressure recruiting pitches, buoyed by deceptive claims, and it had an extensive playbook focused not on teaching students the art of the real estate deal but instead on teaching company recruiters how to separate enrollees from more and more of their money.

The playbook directed Trump University recruiters to push students into paying higher prices for escalating levels of involvement, with the most expensive “Gold Elite” package, priced at $34,995, the …

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March 3, 2016
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Romney & Rubio Attack Trump University, But Both Are Tied to Predatory Colleges

Mitt Romney will charge in a speech today, according to excerpts released in advance, that Donald Trump’s “promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.” Romney’s attack follows Marco Rubio’s recent hits on Trump’s unlicensed for-profit business “school”; at the last GOP debate, Rubio charged, “There are people that borrowed $36,000 to go to Trump University, and they’re suing him now. And you know what they got? They got to take a picture with a cardboard cutout of Donald Trump.”

But it is a testament to the long-standing political influence of the for-profit college industry that both …

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November 12, 2014
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Scam: Websites Promising Jobs And Medicaid Are Instead Bait for For-Profit College Telemarketers

A network of U.S. marketing companies run glossy websites promising jobs, health benefits, food stamps, and heating assistance, sites with names like localemploymentnetwork.org or medicaidinsurancebenefits.com. But according to former employees of a company connected to these operations, the real purpose of these sites is a classic bait-and-switch: to get low-income people, single mothers, veterans, and unemployed older people on the telephone and push them into high-cost for-profit college programs.

Based on the accounts of these employees, and documents they have provided to Republic Report, the operations may well be in violation of federal statutes prohibiting deceptive marketing and unwanted telephone sales calls, as well as Department of …

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June 10, 2014
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SNL “Making Copies” Guy, In Business With For-Profit College, Attacks Obama

Barack. Barack-O. Barack-O-Rama. The Obamanator!  Makin’ some copies. Copying the Gainful Employment Rule. 845 pages!

You remember Rob Schneider on “Saturday Night Live” with his breakout character, the guy who sat by the office copy machine and annoyed people with a stream of comments? You don’t?  C’mon.

Well, Schneider, also the star of such film classics as “The Hot Chick” and “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” has now joined Suze Orman, Colin Powell, Shannen Doherty, Trent Lott, Jeb Bush, Bob Kerrey, Marc Morial, Steve Forbes, and other hired celebrities who validate and endorse the for-profit college industry, a sector where …

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March 28, 2014
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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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November 18, 2013
Outside the room where the Department of Education holds its rulemaking sessions. Two of past three Assistant Secretaries for Post-Secondary Education later became lobbyists for for-profit colleges.
Outside the room where the Department of Education holds its rulemaking sessions. Both people who served as Assistant Secretary for Post-Secondary Education under George W. Bush later became lobbyists for for-profit colleges.

Finally, A Chance To Curb the Abuses of For-Profit Colleges

This morning, in a packed room on the 8th floor of a K Street building, the U.S. Department of Education resumes talks in pursuit of a “gainful employment” rule aimed at penalizing for-profit colleges that leave students deep in debt and without decent paying jobs. It’s called a “negotiated rulemaking,” bringing together representatives of schools, students, and others, but the parties are too far apart for there to be a successful negotiation. Instead the discussions are sharpening the debate, and have pushed the Department toward articulating its own increasingly solid set of rules that might actually be strong …

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October 21, 2013
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$33 Million Per Year of Your Tax Money To For-Profit College Whose CEO Hid Criminal Record

On Friday, prosecutors in Miami charged the politically-connected CEO of for-profit Dade Medical College, Ernesto Perez, with the felony charge of providing false information through a sworn statement, plus two misdemeanor counts of perjury. When Perez was named to Florida’s Commission on Independent Education — a panel charged with overseeing schools like his — he omitted criminal convictions and arrests from his Senate confirmation questionnaire.

In 1990, Perez was arrested in Wisconsin for second-degree sexual assault of a child, after members of his heavy metal band, Young Turk, sexually assaulted a 15 year old girl. He eventually pleaded no contest …

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