March 29, 2018

Grassley Attacks ACICS-Approved For-Profit Colleges As “Visa Mills”

As Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seems to be moving toward restoring her department’s blessings on the discredited college accrediting body ACICS, a powerful Republican has sent a letter that cites tawdry practices at a number of ACICS-approved schools. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley has written to Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen seeking answers about U.S.
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March 26, 2018

Senators Question DeVos Aide’s Potential Conflicts of Interest

  Four Democratic senators — Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), Dick Durbin (IL), Elizabeth Warren (MA), and Kamala Harris (CA) — have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education’s ethics official expressing concerns about Acting Under Secretary James Manning’s potential conflicts of interest. Manning is a career Department official whom Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos, in
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March 26, 2018

Trump Terrible 10: I Am Very Happy Edition

People are standing up to him, abandoning him, rejecting him, mocking him, informing on him; Bob Mueller and ladies are closing in; and Donald Trump’s all: everything’s great here, I’m very happy with my team, everyone wants to work for me, believe me. Um, defensive much? Since 2017, Republic Report‘s “Trump Terrible 10” has ranked the week’s
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March 21, 2018

Congratulating Putin? Trump Knows What He’s Doing, Believe Me

Washington’s upheaval of the hour is about Donald Trump, against the directions of his advisers, congratulating Vladimir Putin on his election victory in Russia. Trump’s action seems like a disgrace, given that Putin rigged the Russian election, interfered in the U.S. election, poisoned two exiled Russians in Britain, invaded Ukraine, etc., and given Trump’s general
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March 20, 2018

Vets Say For-Profit School Didn’t Warn Them GI Bill Funding Was Threatened, and Now It’s Gone

Veterans in Jacksonville, Florida, say that for-profit Florida Career College didn’t warn them before they enrolled that the school was in danger of losing its eligibility for GI Bill funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a local TV report from Action News Jax. And now the school has lost its GI Bill eligibility,
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March 19, 2018

The Mysterious Deal to Take DeVry University Private

  Who owns the private company that is buying 30,000-student DeVry University, which gets some $400 million a year from taxpayers, and how do they plan to run the school? No one is saying.   In December, one of the largest for-profit education companies, Adtalem Global Education, formerly known as DeVry Education Group, announced that
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March 19, 2018

For-Profit College Lobbyist Blames Obama, John Oliver, New York Times, OITNB, for Industry Woes

  In a recent essay, top for-profit college lobbyist Steve Gunderson, a Newt Gingrich crony and former GOP congressman (R-WI), blames Barack Obama, John Oliver, Adam Sandler, the New York Times, “Orange is the New Black,” and others for his industry’s dramatic decline in fortunes. “Years of relentless attacks from leading political figures, including the
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March 18, 2018

Trump Terrible 10: Ryan-McConnell Complicity in Urgent Crisis Edition

  Since 2017, Republic Report‘s “Trump Terrible 10” has ranked the week’s 10 most disgraceful  figures in Trump world. Y’all, Trump world is on the verge of eclipsing the United States of America, unless Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan get their heads out of their donors’ whatevers and stand up for our democracy. Will they? Maybe not.
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