January 30, 2014

Feds Launch Online Complaint Portal for Vets Abused By For-Profit Colleges


Federal agencies have this morning launched a new online complaint system where veterans, service members, and their families can report on problems with colleges and universities receiving federal education aid. As numerous investigations have revealed and President Obama has noted, for-profit colleges have engaged in widespread abuses of vets and military families. The new complaint
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January 30, 2014

For-Profit DeVry University’s Deals with Sochi Olympians


The New York Times Wednesday published a story on the deal between the U.S. Olympic committee and the for-profit DeVry University, under which DeVry is designated an official education provider to Olympic athletes. The Times reported that DeVry had “landed” 15 U.S. athletes headed to Sochi, but it noted that the terms of the overall deal have not
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January 27, 2014

State Attorneys General Open Major Investigations of Big For-Profit Colleges


In tomorrow’s State of the Union address, President Obama will likely revisit his plans to hold America’s colleges and universities more accountable for helping U.S. students train for real careers.  But while a stalemated Congress still blocks progress in many areas, a bipartisan group of state attorneys general just took a major step to help
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January 18, 2014

Media for Sale: Coal Lobby Buys Politico, Real Clear Politics Events

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Last week, the political news website Real Clear Politics hosted a Washington DC event (video) targeted at an elite media and policy audience. Held at the gleaming Newseum, site of many such events, it was entitled, “U.S. Energy Policy: The Road Ahead,” and appeared to be a genuine policy discussion. It was, in fact, an infomercial.
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January 14, 2014

President Obama’s Chemical Safety Panel Must Heed Senator Obama’s Warnings


In the wake of the April 2103 West, Texas, chemical plant explosion, which killed 15 people and injured 160 more, President Obama issued an executive order directing federal agencies to improve the safety of our industrial chemical plants.  Right now, a working group of federal officials is conducting “listening sessions” around the country to hear
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January 13, 2014

Miller Retirement Could Make Andrews, For-Profit Colleges’ Best Friend, Top Dem on Education

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Twenty-term California Democratic Congressman George Miller informed his staff today that he is retiring.  Miller deserves credit for a long record of public service.  Among many other things, this development could have implications for the long struggle by the Obama Administration to hold the for-profit college industry accountable for deceit and abuse of students and
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January 13, 2014

Daily Caller, Once Rabid Protector of For-Profit Colleges, Attacks School Tied to Clintons


The Daily Caller, a conservative web publication, devoted much space in recent years to attacks on critics of America’s for-profit colleges, echoing claims made by for-profit college owners at a time when that controversial industry has been seeking to avoid accountability for its well-documented abuses of students and taxpayers. Yet now the Tucker Carlson-edited website
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