February 13, 2018

For-Profit College Lawyer Suggests DeVos Draft Matched Industry Wish List

As discussions grew contentious at the Department of Education’s meetings to repeal and replace the Obama administration’s rule to protect defrauded students, an apparently exasperated for-profit college industry lawyer seemed to admit that a draft rule proposed by the Department closely matched the wish list of schools in her industry. The 2016 Obama borrower defense
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February 8, 2018

Trump Terrible 10: Treasonous Edition

Someday we’ll look back on this and it will all seem funny, as someone once said. But now we’re mad, the Kochs are glad, and the tax cut for the rich means we don’t have any money. Which is awful. Since 2017, Republic Report‘s “Trump Terrible 10” has ranked the week’s 10 most disgraceful figures in Trump
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February 7, 2018

Watch Live: DeVos Minions Destroy Student Protections

You can watch a live stream, right now, of the Donald Trump-Betsy DeVos Department of Education destroying government regulations aimed at curbing well-documented, egregious abuses committed against students by for-profit colleges. The only reason you can watch this live stream of the DeVos Department doing the bidding of the for-profit college industry is because advocates
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February 5, 2018

DeVos And The For-Profit Colleges’ Self-Destruct Strategy

For-profit colleges have a decision to make. The Betsy DeVos Department of Education has now formally proposed to almost completely dismantle the rules issued by the Obama administration to protect students and taxpayers against predatory college behavior — deceptive marketing and recruiting, sky-high prices, poor education quality, financial aid abuses. If the for-profit schools endorse
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January 31, 2018

New Report Underscores Corinthian-Zenith College Debacle- and DeVos Disgrace

  Attorney Clark Kent Ervin, the independent monitor for Zenith Education, a chain of career colleges, has just released his final report. Zenith was an experiment, pursued by the Department of Education, to see if a large predatory for-profit college chain that ruined many students’ lives could be purchased by a non-profit group with no
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January 29, 2018

Infographic: Trump’s Towers of Corruption

Michael Wolff’s Fire & Fury quotes Steve Bannon as saying that Robert Mueller’s investigation is “all about money laundering.” If that’s so, Donald Trump may be in real trouble. A new report [PDF] released by Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) collects the available evidence that Trump’s real estate deals — many of them involving known criminals
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January 24, 2018

DeVos May Allow Troubling Conversion of Predatory College Chain

Politico reports this morning that Trump Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may be ready to reverse the Obama Administration’s 2016 decision to reject the application of the predatory CollegeAmerica/Stevens-Henager chain to be treated as a non-profit school for purposes of Department regulation. That would be good for the chain’s wealthy operator, Carl Barney, but, as with
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January 23, 2018

Report: States Flunk Test of Curbing For-Profit College Abuses

With Trump Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos starkly abandoning protections for students from predatory for-profit colleges, there is a real danger that bad actors in the industry will be able to once again accelerate their sleazy practices and ruin the lives of another generation of Americans. Can anyone fill the vacuum and protect against deceptive
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