January 7, 2020

Judge Rejects Dream Center Claim of Blamelessness in Art Institutes Deceptions

A federal judge in Chicago on Monday rejected a motion by the Dream Center Foundation to be dismissed from a lawsuit brought by former students who claim they were deceived by the Illinois Institute of Art. The Dream Center Foundation (DCF), a faith-oriented charitable organization based in Los Angeles, in 2017 acquired the Illinois school,
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January 6, 2020

GOP Senator Offers Lame Counter to Bipartisan Bill Protecting Vets from Predatory Colleges

Thread (forgive the duplicates): Faced with growing bipartisan support for strengthening 90/10 rule to better protect US @studentvets & @GIBillRights, Sen. Enzi introduced bill to gum up the works to benefit GOP patron for-profit college industry. Enzi must have been proud of bill to drop it right before holiday https://t.co/vPXfpDnFa7 — David Halperin (@DaHalperin) January
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December 22, 2019

Florida Man Impeached

A Florida man was impeached this week. Donald J. Trump, 73, of Palm Beach, was charged in a complaint by a neighbor living near Trump’s summer home in Washington, DC. The neighbor, Nancy Pelosi, reported that Trump, a federal government employee, abused his office by pressuring the president of Ukraine to announce a bogus investigation
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November 13, 2019

GAO Probing For-Profit College Conversions As DeVos Retreats on Approvals

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the watchdog agency that works for Congress, is investigating Department of Education and Internal Revenue Service oversight of for-profit college conversions to non-profit status. The GAO study was requested last year by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), now the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee; Sen. Patty Murray
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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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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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