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 13, 2018

For-Profit Bridgepoint Says Its Colleges Will Become Non-Profit (But It Won’t)

Sunday we wrote about the new gold rush in education: for-profit colleges converting to non-profit status, allowing them to shed the stigma and special regulatory requirements of for-profits, notably the federal 90-10 rule, while retaining parallel for-profit entities that could keep getting paid by the non-profit, and thus keep getting rich off an endless flow
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March 6, 2018

Another For-Profit College Lobbyist To Join DeVos Education Department

Politico reports today that Diane Auer Jones is joining Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education Department as senior policy adviser to the secretary. Jones has been working at the U.S. Department of Labor since November, and worked in the George W. Bush administration as assistant secretary for postsecondary education. But in between, Jones was, from 2010 until 2015, senior
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February 21, 2018

Trump Terrible 10: Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company Edition

  Faced with the horrific Parkland school shooting, we need moral leadership. Faced with incontrovertible proof that Russia is hacking our elections, we need determined leadership. Faced with intractable Middle East conflicts, stagnating wages, crumbling infrastructure, an opioid crisis, and so many other challenges, we need wise, capable leadership. Instead, somehow, we have a corrupt,
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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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