April 4, 2020

Seven Ways Trump Has Deepened His Corruption During COVID-19

Before COVID-19 struck, Donald Trump was already a deeply corrupt president — leveraging his presidential office to make money for his businesses, engaging in obstruction of the Russia investigation, pardoning cronies, pressuring Ukraine’s leader to launch a phony investigation of Democratic rival Joe Biden, and much more. But as with his incompetence, ignorance, bigotry, malevolence,
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March 11, 2020

After Bipartisan Repudiation of DeVos Student Loan Rule, What Will Trump Do?

In a stunning bipartisan rebuke of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, the Senate today voted 53-42 to overturn a new Department of Education rule that would make it nearly impossible for students ripped off by their colleges to have their federal student loans cancelled. Ten Republicans Senators — Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Joni Ernst (IA),
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March 10, 2020

VA To Cut Off GI Bill Funds For Two Big For-Profit Colleges, Maybe

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday that it plans to stop approving use of GI Bill dollars for veterans seeking to start education programs at two of the biggest for-profit college operations. One is Perdoceo, which runs American Intercontinental University and Colorado Technical University. The other is the University of Phoenix, long the
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February 29, 2020

DeVos Fills Sole Student Slot on Outside Advisory Panel With A Former Aide

Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos has appointed, as the sole student representative on a key Department of Education outside advisory committee, a Michigan law student who until recently worked at the Department as a confidential assistant to DeVos’s top higher education aide, Diane Auer Jones. The advisory body, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality
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February 19, 2020

Student Advocates Again Challenge DeVos in Court For Trashing Obama-Era Rules

Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos has trashed two key rules that the Department of Education, during the Obama administration, painstakingly developed to discourage for-profit colleges from deceiving and abusing their own students. With a new lawsuit filed today, advocates for students are now in court fighting to cancel both of the DeVos anti-rules and keep
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February 13, 2020

Scam America: We All Attend Trump University Now

The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday that it had reached a settlement with the New Jersey-based operators of a website called LendEDU, which falsely claimed to offer “unbiased” advice about student loans, personal loans, and credit cards. In fact, LendEDU gave higher ratings to companies that paid for the placement. LendEDU also touted positive reviews
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January 30, 2020

Sean Spicer Shills for Predatory For-Profit Colleges

As White House press secretary, he started off telling us the falsehood that President Trump drew the biggest inaugural crowd ever, then defended Trump’s lie that millions voted fraudulently in 2016, and kept going downhill from there. Seeking his fortune after leaving the administration, Sean Spicer started his own consulting firm, became an advisor to
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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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