November 10, 2019

One Whistleblower Triggered Dream Center Demise, DeVos Debacle

  It started with a message out of the blue, sent by “John Doe,” a Dream Center Education Holdings employee who was not yet ready to tell me his or her name. “I know you have reported extensively on for-profit institutions, including EDMC, its unethical activities, and disregard for staff,” the employee began a message
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November 8, 2019

DeVos Cancels Loans for Students Her Department Helped Deceive

Under pressure from a federal lawsuit and congressional questioning, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced this morning she is cancelling some student loans and restoring eligibility for federal Pell grants for about 1500 students who in 2018 attended the Art Institute of Colorado and the Illinois Institute of Art. As Republic Report was the first
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November 6, 2019

Scott Rejects Hearing From DeVos Subordinate; Demands She Testify

In a letter sent this evening, House Education and Labor Committee chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) rejected the Department of Education’s proposal that it send for a hearing a Department official in place of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Scott had requested that DeVos testify regarding the Department’s utter failure to halt the collection of debts
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November 1, 2019

Students’ Lawyer: DeVos Dept. Double-Crossed Me To Aid Scam Colleges

Robyn Smith, a lawyer associated with the National Consumer Law Center and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to represent students in negotiations earlier this year on a basket of new Department regulations affecting college accreditation, online education, and other matters.  The Department heavily stacked the
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October 24, 2019

Breaking: Judge Holds DeVos in Contempt For Pressing Students To Make Bogus Loan Payments

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim today issued an order holding Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education in contempt of court and fined them $100,000 for violating her order that they stop trying to collect on loans from former students of for-profit Corinthian Colleges schools. The Department, during the Obama administration, determined that the
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October 24, 2019

House Chairman Threatens to Subpoena DeVos Over Dream Center Debacle

House Education and Labor Committee chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) is threatening to subpoena Trump Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, citing her Department’s failure to provide documents responsive to the Committee’s probe of the collapse of Dream Center Education Holdings. DCEH was a non-profit entity that acquired and, for about a year until it shut down,
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October 24, 2019

Ukraine Scandal’s Gordon Sondland Invested in Predatory College Loans

  American Banker has examined investments held by Gordon Sondland, the hotelier who parlayed donations to the GOP into a post as U.S. ambassador to the European Union and apparently sought to implement President Trump’s disgraceful effort to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden. The publication found that, in addition to operating luxury hotels, Sondland
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October 17, 2019

Bill in Congress Would End Taxpayer Aid to For-Profit Colleges. Good.

Today Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a bill that would bar the Department of Education from sending federal student grants and loans to for-profit colleges. I support this legislation, at the very least for its value as a wake up call to a bad-behaving industry and its paid cheerleaders in
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